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Tensions in Chad as Deby sworn in for fifth term

Chad's president, Idriss Deby (L) came to power in 1990 and was re-elected in a first-round vote in April with 61.5 percent of ballots castN’Djamena (AFP) – Chad’s President Idriss Deby took the oath of office Monday for a fifth term in power, facing dogged resistance from an opposition that alleges his re-election was a “political hold-up”. With tensions high a day after the death of a protester during an opposition march, around 14 African heads of state attended the swearing-in ceremony, including the presidents of Nigeria and Niger, both, like Chad, battling the Boko Haram jihadist group. Deby, who first came to power in 1990, was re-elected in a first-round vote in April with around 60 percent of ballots cast, against almost 13 percent for opposition leader Saleh Kebzabo.

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