The African Union (AU) called on Friday evening for the restoration of a civilian regime as quickly as possible in Chad, where General Mahamat Idriss Déby took power this week following the death of his father Idriss Déby Itno.
In a statement, the AU Peace and Security Council expressed “grave concern” over the establishment of a military council headed by the son of the late president.
Idriss Déby Itno, 68, who had ruled the country for 30 years, died Monday, according to the presidency, from injuries sustained at the front, in the north of the country, against rebels.
The AU Peace and Security Council met on Thursday but waited until Friday’s funeral to issue its statement.
He calls on the Chadian security forces “to respect the mandate and the constitutional order, to quickly engage in a process of restoration of constitutional order and transfer of political power to the civil authorities.”
The statement also calls for “an inclusive national dialogue” and asks the AU Commission, chaired by Chadian Moussa Faki Mahamat, to “quickly establish a high-level fact-finding mission” in Chad.
The AU communiqué underlines that the situation in Chad constitutes a potential threat to the peace and stability of the country itself, but also of its neighbors and the whole continent.
During the funeral of Marshal Déby Itno, in the presence of a dozen heads of state, including French President Emmanuel Macron, the current president of the African Union, the Congolese Félix Tshisekedi, also advocated an “attachment to values democratic ”contained in the Constitution of Chad.