In the afternoon of this day agitated by demonstrations repressed by the forces of order, the President of the Transitional Military Council (CMT), who has taken the reins of power since the death of Marshal Idriss Déby Itno, addressed his fellow citizens. One week to the day after his accession to power, General Mahamat Idriss Déby gave his first major public address, broadcast on national radio and television.
A justification for the establishment of the CMT
The newly elected President of Chad spoke about the Transitional Military Council and justified its establishment. For him, faced with the rebel threat, the Chadian defence and security forces had no choice but to take « their responsibilities before history and the people ».
« Faced with the renunciation of the President of the National Assembly to assume his constitutional responsibility and in the face of this imminent peril, a Transitional Military Council was set up to deal with the ultimate peril. The transitional charter that underpins our actions is a basis for the implementation of our institutional arrangements, » said the son of Idriss Déby Itno.
He was keen to reassure his compatriots about the intentions of the CMT, whose sole objective is to ensure the continuity of the state: « The members of the CMT are soldiers who have no other ambition than to serve their country loyally and with honour. Any other attitude on the part of the members of the CMT will be an unforgivable attack on the memory of the Marshal and the commitment to the people ».
The formation of a government of national reconciliation
General Mahamat Idriss Déby’s speech to the nation shows the CMT’s willingness to work for national reconciliation, peace and unity. This includes the establishment of a ‘government of national reconciliation, composed of a cohesive, competent and representative team of the plural Chad’, and the organisation of an inclusive national dialogue that ‘will not evade any subject of national interest’.
In the same vein, a National Transitional Council will have the mission of drafting a new Constitution: « In the coming days and after the consultations underway, a National Transitional Council, representative of all the provinces and all the living forces of the Nation, will also be set up, in a consensual and concerted manner, to enable the legislative accompaniment of the governmental action and to provide the country with the basis for a new Constitution », declared the Chadian Head of State.
Appeal to the international community
For Chad’s first citizen, all the actions planned by the CMT could not be implemented without the support of the international community. This is why Mahamat Idriss Déby is reaching out to international partners: « Chad needs massive support from its partners to stabilise an economic and financial situation that has been severely impacted by the security, health, humanitarian and social context.
At the same time, he reassured these partners of his country’s availability to continue to honour its international commitments, especially as a pivotal country in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel.