Sep. 5 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Transitional Military Council, the military junta that governs Chad, has withdrawn the security forces surrounding the headquarters of the Los Transformadores party since last Thursday and has announced the release of recently detained activists, thus facilitating the resumption of this Monday of the National Inclusive Dialogue.
The disturbances on Saturday caused the participants to announce their refusal to resume the dialogue, although it has finally resumed on Monday morning as planned. The objective is to close an agreement for next October 5.
The security forces withdrew late on Sunday night and the detained activists were released in the morning, party leaders reported, quoted by the RFI radio station.
According to The Transformers, 279 people had been arrested, some of whom were able to return to the party headquarters to meet with their leader, Succès Masra. Masra himself has spent almost four days locked up in the training headquarters.
Now he has thanked “the goodwill” that has allowed the lifting of the blockade and has urged his supporters to “build a rainbow nation on the basis of justice and equality.”
The agreement is the result of mediation on behalf of Qatar by the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Burkina Faso, Djibril Bassolé, and that of the government mediator Abakar Manany.
Bassolé has described the situation as “absurd”, a sign of the “nervousness” of some of those who hold power. However, he has urged Masra and his supporters to “avoid slips, be careful with his vocabulary and not appear to want to sabotage” the dialogue.
The assassination of President Idriss Déby in April 2021 in combat with the rebels of the Front for Alternation and Concord in Chad (FACT) unleashed a crisis that has led to a military government led by Déby’s own son, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno .