A press release from the Secretary General at the Presidency, Jean-Bernard Padare, said the head of state ordered dissolution of the cabinet, pending the formation of a new government.

It would be recalled that Chad’s National Assembly on April 30 endorsed the adoption of a new constitution to be promulgated on Friday, and under which the post of prime minister was abolished.

The new constitution provides for the establishment of the 4th Republic in which President Déby will hold all executive power.

Meanwhile, on 3 May, 26 opposition deputies filed an appeal with the country’s Constitutional Council asking it to annul the new constitutional amendment providing for a new constitution.

Chad’s parliament during its April 30 plenary session approved adoption of a new draft constitution, which takes the country to the Fourth Republic.

The new constitution consecrates an “integral presidential regime” with the President of the Republic to wield all Executive power, without a Prime Minister or Vice-President.

The presidential term was also increased from 5 to 6 years, renewable once.

According to observers and pundits, President Deby has been in power since 1990. After being re-elected for a 5th term in the April 2016 election, should he decide to run again for office, as widely believed, then the way was opened under the new constitution for Deby to be in office up to 2030.


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