Five months after declaring himself leader of Chad’s military government following the death of his father, longtime President Idriss Deby, Mahamat Idriss Deby has named 93 members of a new interim parliament.
“The following people have been designated members of the National Transitional Council (NTC),” said the decree signed by the four-star general.
The NTC “will act as a national assembly of transition” ahead of elections, according to a dossier distributed to the media.
When Mahamat declared himself head of Chad’s Transitional Military Council on April 20, he dissolved parliament and promised “free and transparent” elections in 18 months.
Members of the former opposition of his father, who himself came to power in 1990 at the head of a rebel force, were among the members. There was no representation, however, from the opposition platform Wakit Tamma, or from the civil society organisations that have denounced the coup by the younger Deby.