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DRC President to Assist Chad Transition

FILE: The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Felix Tshisekedi at the Ntare Rushatsi Palace in Bujumbura. Taken May 21, 2022

Democratic Republic of Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi will serve as a facilitator for the political transition process in Chad, Central Africa's main regional body said on Tuesday.

The Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) held an emergency summit in Kinshasa on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Chad, at which DRC President Felix Tshisekedi was picked to help oversee Chad's transition back to civilian rule.

"I thank you for the honour of entrusting me with this facilitation mission to Chad during its transition period," Tshisekedi told the summit. Several other officials from the CEEAC were also named as special envoys for the mission.

The summit was convened to discuss the situation in Chad, after about at least 50 people were killed in protests last week against military leader Mahamat Idriss Deby, who announced the civilian transition would be delayed.

Deby has said he will organise elections in 2024, reneging on an initial promise to hand over power after 18 months.

Opposition parties and civil society groups have been calling for protests to demand a quicker return to democracy, including the demonstrations last week that led to clashes.

Chad has been in political turmoil since the April 2021 battlefield death of longtime ruler Idriss Deby, after which his son, Mahamat Idriss Deby, seized power.