AU expresses “dismay” at N’Djamena deaths ~ #REUTERS:


The African Union (AU) on Friday expressed its “dismay” after “the loss of civilian lives and among the police” in Chad during an attempt to arrest an opponent, in a statement by Chadian President of the AU Commission.

On February 28, police backed by heavily armed soldiers and armored personnel carriers attempted to arrest opponent Yaya Dillo, an April 11 presidential candidate whose candidacy was struck down by the Supreme Court, at his home in N ‘ Djamena.

Mr. Dillo had two warrants to bring justice for “defamation and insults” with regard to the wife of President Idriss Déby Itno.

Mr. Dillo’s movement, the New Front for Change (FNC), said in a statement that five family members of the opponent, including his mother, were killed by an elite body of the army. who has “smashed down his gate with an armored tank”.

A version contradicted Monday by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Amine Abba Sidick in front of the diplomatic corps: “an interior shot targeting the police fatally hit Yaya Dillo’s mother”, he said, adding that two soldiers were killed in an armored vehicle in the opponent’s yard.

In a statement, the Chairman of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, “notes that this painful event took place one month before the presidential elections in the country”.

He calls “the government and all political actors to work resolutely to create the right conditions for political and civil peace in order to ensure the holding of elections in a peaceful climate, with strict respect for law, order and the stability of the country “.

Before being elected head of the AU Commission in 2017, Moussa Faki Mahamat was a member of the Chadian government under President Déby.

Six candidates are in contention for the presidential election in Chad, of which Mr. Déby, who has ruled the country with an iron fist for 30 years, is the main favorite.


Source: Reuters-VOA.


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