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Chadian Prime Minister Succes Masra Resigns After Election Defeat to Junta Chief, Idris Derby

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Chadian Prime Minister Success Masra announced on Wednesday that he had submitted his resignation, following his defeat to junta chief Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno in the presidential elections just over two weeks ago.

“I’ve just submitted my resignation and that of the transition government, which became irrelevant with the end of the presidential election,” Masra said on his Facebook page in a message authenticated by his team to AFP.

He added that the move was also in accordance with the constitution.

Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, 40, was declared transitional president in April 2021 by a junta of 15 generals following the death of his father, long-time president Idriss Deby Itno, who was killed by rebels after 30 years in power.

Deby won the May 6 presidential election with 61 percent of the vote, according to the final results.

Masra, also 40 and previously a strong opponent of Deby before becoming prime minister four months ago, garnered 18.5 percent of the vote but contested the results.

He claimed victory in the election, which his party labeled a “masquerade” and which international rights groups had criticized as neither credible nor fair.

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