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Chad leader appoints new prime minister ahead of ballot

Chad's president has appointed a new prime minister, Albert Pahimi Padacke (pictured in 2008), as he looks to extend his grip on powerN’Djamena (AFP) – Chad’s president has appointed a new prime minister, Albert Pahimi Padacke, national radio reported, as he looks to extend his grip on power in the central African nation. Observers say the appointment is most likely a reward after Pahimi Padacke announced his support Friday for President Idriss Deby Itno, who is running for a fifth term in April elections. The radio broadcast Saturday did not give any further details, but the new prime minister is leader of the National Rally of Chadian Democrats (RNDT), a political party aligned with the MPS, and came second in presidential elections in 2011.

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