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The transition period in Chad will last 18 months – Military

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The transition period in Chad will last 18 months – Military

The transition period in Chad, which was imposed after the death of President Idriss Deby, will last 18 months, the military council said on Tuesday, also announcing the closure of land and air borders.

A transitional military council, headed by the son of the late president, has been established in Chad.

“The transitional military council ensures national independence, territorial integrity, unity, respect for international agreements and treaties, and also ensures a transition within 18 months,” the council said in a statement released on the presidential site.

The transitional military council also announced that it would dissolve the cabinet and parliament.

“The land and air borders are closed until further notice,” the statement continued.

Other than that, a nationwide curfew will be imposed from 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. local time.

A military spokesperson said Monday that Chadian soldiers had halted a rebel advance in the north of the country, after the US and British embassies urged staff to leave before a possible assault on the capital.

General Azim Bermandoa Agouna, spokesman for the Chadian army, said the country’s forces had “defeated a group of terrorists which had ventured into northern Kanem province”, on national television on Saturday.

He said the clashes took place on Saturday evening and the Libyan rebel column had been “totally wiped out”.

The rebels are believed to belong to a group known by its French acronym FACT: The Front for Change and Concord in Chad.

The Central African nation which held presidential elections last week has had a long history of rebellion during the 30-year reign of President Idriss Deby Itno, who is expected to remain in power.

Sometimes he accused neighboring countries of supporting rebel movements.

Chadian soldiers have also long fought militants from the extremist group Boko Haram.

Some 330,000 Chadians are internally displaced, the majority in the volatile Lake Chad region where Boko Haram fighters are most active. (Sputnik / NAN)

(NAN)

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