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Part of the results came as interim results came when the United States asked some diplomats to leave Chad amid reports of a rebel convoy approaching the capital.

President Chad Idriss Deby soon had a strong leadership and appeared ready to extend his 30-year tenure, the partial interim results of the April 11 presidential election show, when The United States and Great Britain warned of possible violence in the Chadian capital Ndjamena.

The Independent National Election Commission (CENI) said on Saturday that Deby had won a majority in all but one of the 51 announced so far, and secured a majority in the rest.

Results from the 61 departments have yet to be announced.

Kilmapone Larme, head of logistics at CENI, said they have yet to get more than 30% of the results.

Meanwhile, the British government said two convoys of a group of rebels based in Libya were heading towards the capital. Convoys of the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), hit a border post in the north of the country on election day.

Ballots are counted after the end of voting at a roadside polling station in Ndjamena, on April 11, 2021. [File: Marco Longari/ AFP]

The British government urged its citizens to leave the country as soon as possible, saying that a convoy passed through the town of Faya, some 770km (478 miles) northeast of Ndjamena, while the other was seen. Found near the town of Mao, about 220km (137 miles) north.

The US is also asking the non-essential diplomats at their embassy in Chad to leave the country.

“Armed non-governmental groups in northern Chad have moved south and appear to be heading towards N’Djamena,” the US State Department said in a travel warning. “Due to the increasingly close proximity to N’Djamena and the potential for violence in the city, nonessential US government personnel have been ordered to leave by the commercial airline.”

The FACT is based in Libya, where it has a non-aggression pact with rebel military commander Khalifa Haftar, who controls much of the eastern part of the country. Primarily made up of the Sahara Goran people, ACTUAL conflict with the Chadian army.

The AFP news agency reported that tanks and soldiers were at the city’s northern entrance, while Chad’s army said it had “completely destroyed” a convoy of FACT in northern Kanem province on Saturday afternoon.

Army spokesman Azem Bermandoa Agouna said the soldiers were searching for the last of the rebels, military spokesman Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement broadcast on national television.

Deby, 68, is an ally of Western powers in the fight against armed groups in West and Central Africa. He is one of Africa’s longest serving leaders, but there are growing signs of discontent over his disposal of the nation’s oil assets.

The Chad government has been forced to cut public spending in recent years because of low oil prices, the country’s main export. These measures have caused protests and strikes.

Opposition leaders have called on their supporters to boycott the polls last week.

Yacine Abderaman Sakine, head of the Opposition Reform Party, told Reuters news agency on Saturday: “Until noon, the polling stations were virtually uninhabited in most towns in the country but CENI was up to fictitious results to deceive the people of Chadians.

“We do not recognize this result.”



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