Voting begins in Chad'south presidential election

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 10:34 AM

Chad has one of the region'south most capable militaries and has played a key role in efforts backed by the W to combat Islamist militants in several countries.

Deby'south main electoral argument is that only his government can get the required measures to guarantee stability in a region where Islamist militant grouping Boko Haram and al Qaeda affiliates have staged a series of attacks.

Chad has one of the region'south most capable militaries and has played a key role in efforts backed by the W to combat Islamist militants in several countries.

"We came to vote for the president to guarantee peace in our country. Around us in the neighboring countries there are too many problems," said civil servant Fatima Zara as she lined up to vote.

Deby faces thirteen challengers including opposition boss Saleh Kebzabo who argues that Chad needs change, though Deby has an advantage through his effective control of state media as well as the institutions of state and local administrations.

"I got up early to arrive and vote because we wish change," said Mathieu Madjitulngar, an unemployed man queuing at a polling Sta in a suburb of the capital.

(Reporting by Madjiasra Nako; writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; editing by David Clarke)

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