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In Chad, final applause for the inclusive and sovereign national dialogue opened since August 20 through a closing ceremony this Saturday morning October 8 in N’Djamena. The point in a day rich in colors and announcements.
The Palais du 15-Janvier dressed in blue or red tricolor for the occasion. A choir whose members dressed in the same colors opened the session by singing the national anthem. Two religious representatives of the three guests each said a prayer. The Catholic Church, which withdrew from the dialogue, did not respond to the invitation of the protocol, reports our correspondent in N’Djamena, Madjiasra Nako.
Then comes the reading of the announcements and the thanks to the different partners who accompanied the process that led to the dialogue. Among the resolutions, former opposition leader Saleh Kebzabo announces the dissolution of the Transitional Military Council, the group of fifteen generals who have ruled the country for 18 months, while appointing Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno as president of the Transitional . Thunderous applause in the hall.
Among the main announcements, the modification of the Transition Charter to, in particular, increase the number of members of the National Transitional Council, the provisional Parliament.
In his speech for the occasion, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno called on the political-military movements that were not signatories of the Doha agreement to opt for peace and national harmony. And as proof of his good faith, he promised to release all prisoners of war. He also reached out to political parties and civil society that boycotted or shut the door on these so-called “refounding” meetings for Chad.
” I would like to remind you that we are in a continuous, permanent dialogue to build a nation that looks like us and unites us at all times. You can come and take your place. You can join the process of building our common future. I will never stop repeating it, Chad is our common heritage. »
Another fragment of his applauded speech, when he once again gave his word as a soldier -as he had already done almost 18 months ago when he promised before the diplomatic corps in N’Djamena not to run for the first post-transition elections- this time to implement the resolutions of the national dialogue.
” I solemnly commit myself before God and before the Chadian people, as the guarantor of this dialogue but also as a soldier and loyal servant of the country, to faithfully translate the resolutions of these meetings into action. »
It is still the hardest according to several Chadians”, implement all these beautiful promises “. They remind us that we are not in ” the first large mass of its kind since the premiere some thirty years ago.
“ For us, the political gain is having achieved that the question of the form of the State is submitted to a referendum says Dr. Nasra Djimasngar, the party leader who participated in the dialogue. He clarifies, however, deploring that the reform of the army, one of the great issues that should be at the center of the debates, has not been sufficiently addressed.
Another president of the party who participated in the work regrets the absence of substantive debates on the issue of coexistence. “ Chad has been in crisis since 1963 and there have been many unsolved crimes. The opportunity to set up transitional justice to lay new foundations was indicated, but we lost it “, the Mint.
For Max Kemkoye, whose party did not attend the dialogue proceedings, the conclusions reflect what he feared. ” It is a business of legitimizing a power that was not comfortable “, he believes.