Chad Military Junta Names New PM, Pahimi Padacke

After the death of the late Chadian President, Idriss Deby, the military council took power last week, pledging to hold elections in 18 months.

Meanwhile, Chad’s new military junta on Monday named former prime minister Albert Pahimi Padacke, who was runner-up in the North African country’s April 11 presidential election, as interim premier.

New Chad PM Pahimi Padacke
Pahimi Padacke

Pahimi Padacke was the last prime minister under president Idriss Deby Itno, whose death led to the creation of a so-called Transitional Military Council (TMC) headed by his 37-year-old son, Mahamat Idriss Deby.

Pahimi Padacke will immediately head a transitional government whose members will be named or revoked by the new junta leader, the decree said.

The younger Deby, a four-star general who previously commanded the elite Republican Guard, was named president and head of the TMC and parliament was dissolved — a move branded an “institutional coup” by the opposition.

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