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Chad: How N’Djamena managed to escape AU sanctions

By Mathieu Olivier
Posted on Wednesday, 19 May 2021 03:55

Mahamat Idriss Déby (centre) and Muhammadu Buhari (right), on 14 May 2021 in N'Djamena © Sunday Aghaeze/AP/SIPA

It took longer than expected to examine Chad’s situation. However, on 14 May, the African Union's Peace and Security Council (PSC) finally decided not to impose sanctions against N'Djamena and the transitional authorities led by General Mahamat Idriss Déby.

In fact, Chad has been threatened with sanctions ever since its military transition government was established following the death of President Idriss Déby Itno.

Debate raged within the PSC between Anglophones and Francophones. The former, notably Southern African countries (Lesotho, Malawi), were in favour of AU sanctions and initially had the tacit support of Algeria, which represented North Africa along with Egypt. However, the French-speaking West African (Senegal, Benin) and Central African blocs (notably Burundi) argued for leniency.

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