After 26 Years In Office, 63 Year Old Idriss Deby Wins Election For Fifth Term As President Of Chad

Incumbent Chadian President, Idriss Deby Itno, has been declared winner of the presidential elections in the Central African country. The Electoral body said Deby won by 61.56% of votes cast. The 63-year-old President now has the legal mandate to extend his 26-year rule by a fifth term, which would run for the next five years.

Voters were expected to choose between Deby and 3 other challengers including opposition leader Saleh Kebzabo who according to the results managed 12.8% of the votes having campaigned that Chad needed change. Chad, despite its abundant oil wealth has about half of the 13 million population living in poverty. The country is also battling against Boko Haram insurgents who have carried out attacks in the country. Read more on the Chad elections here.