Coup in Chad: Moussa Faki Mahamat’s Dilemma

By Rodrigue Fenelon Massala, senior reporter.

The brutal death of Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno, shot in the forehead according to the army’s version, automatically recorded a pronuciamentos.

Indeed, the Chadian army, which suspended the constitution and dissolved the national assembly, carried out a coup. In the present case, the African Union, in accordance with its charter and statutes, announces the suspension of the country which has installed an unconstitutional decision-making body. At the time of going to press, the chairman of the African Union Commission, apart from his compassionate message posted on his Twitter account, had not yet issued a press release relating to the institutional disruption perpetrated by the African Union. army which established a military council headed by President Deby’s son.

The hereditary devolution of power underway in Ndjamena is contrary to the Chadian constitution and the African Union charter on democracy, elections and good governance adopted on January 30, 2007 as well as the shared values ​​contained in the Treaty of Sirte. It is in this context that Mahamat Salem Annadif, former head of Minusma, declared on RFI: “The establishment of a Transitional Military Council is unconstitutional. It is the president of the assembly who must take the interim ”

According to the information in our possession, the executives and ambassadors who are members of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union are stepping up the negotiations. It is, in diplomatic parlance, an assessment of the situation.

According to the statutes and regulations of the African Union, when a member country is suspended, the nationals of that suspended country including the ambassador to the Union cease all activity within the commission until further notice.

Thus, if Chad is suspended in accordance with the texts of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, a national of this country, must also be suspended and cede the interim to its vice president, a Rwandan national. This is the dilemma in which the current Chairman of the African Union Commission finds himself.

In the meantime, according to our sources, Moussa Faki landed in N’Djamena where he initiated talks with political parties and civil society. The diplomat was received by General Mahamat Déby, the head of the junta which took power in Ndjamena.


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