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Chad votes as strongman Deby seeks fifth term

At a polling station in the capital N'Djamena, men and women waited patiently in separate queues to cast their ballots, many with their biometric voting card in handN’Djamena (AFP) – Chadians voted in large numbers Sunday in an election likely to see President Idriss Deby extend his 26-year rule in a country increasingly on the frontline of the global war on terror. Polling stations, which had opened shortly after 7:00 am (0600 GMT), began closing from 6:00 pm (1700 GMT), after which election officials began processing ballots. Security forces were out in force for the election, which comes after Chad was hit by a series of suicide attacks.

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