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Chad: Albert Padacké lost the election to Idriss Déby. Now he is PM to Déby’s son Mahamat

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This article is part of the dossier: Chad: The end of an era

By Vincent Duhem
Posted on Tuesday, 27 April 2021 18:33

Albert Pahimi Padacké campaigning at the Idriss Mahamat Ouya stadium in N'Djamena, 19 March 2021. DJIMET WICHE/AFP

Albert Pahimi Padacké, who both ran as a presidential candidate against the late Idriss Déby Itno and served as his prime minister, has just recently been appointed prime minister of President Mahamat Idriss Déby’s transitional government by the NTC.

“The post-Déby era inevitably begins tomorrow,” Albert Pahimi Padacké told us in early April. Less than 10 days later, this sentence, which sounds like an electoral slogan, took on a very special meaning as Idriss Déby Itno (IDI) died on 18 April. Padacké has just recently been appointed prime minister by the National Transitional Committee (NTC), a body headed by Mahamat Idriss Déby, the deceased president’s son.

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