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Chad leader signs peace deal with rebel groups

Transitional military authorities and rebels attend a signing agreement for a national dialogue at Sheraton Hotel in Doha, Qatar August 8, 2022. REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari

Chad’s military ruler, Mahamat Idriss Déby, has signed a peace agreement with more than 40 opposition groups, laying the groundwork for a national dialogue later this month.

After months of mediation by Qatar, the agreement was signed in Doha.

However, the main rebel group, Chad’s front for change and concord (or Fact), refused to sign the agreement.

It had insisted Mr Déby excludes himself from elections.

According to BBC, he took over the country’s leadership last year after his father, Idriss Déby, died fighting rebels on the front lines.

Elections are scheduled for October.

Writing by Adeniyi Bakare