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Chad President Idriss Deby seeks fifth term in office

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Image caption Chadian President Idriss Deby has been in power since 1990

Chad's President Idriss Deby has announced he will run for a fifth term in April's elections.

Mr Deby took power in a coup in 1990 and later introduced elections.

A referendum in 2005 scrapped a clause restricting presidents to two terms, but Mr Deby said that if he gets re-elected he will reinstate it.

In the last year, Burundi, Rwanda and Congo-Brazzaville have all changed their constitutions to allow their presidents to run for office again.

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Mr Deby said on Tuesday that reinstating term limits would provide "vitality" to the democracy.

"We must limit terms, we must not concentrate on a system in which a change in power becomes difficult," he told the ruling party.

"In 2005 the constitutional reform was conducted in a context where the life of the nation was in danger," he added.


Africa's longest-serving leaders:

  • 36 years: Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo - Equatorial Guinea, took power in a coup in August 1979
  • 36 years: Jose Eduardo dos Santos - Angola, took over after death of the country's first president in September 1979
  • 35 years: Robert Mugabe - Zimbabwe, won the country's independence elections in April 1980
  • 32 years: Paul Biya - Cameroon, took over after resignation of the country's first president in November 1982
  • 31 years: Denis Sassou Nguesso - Congo, installed by the military in October 1979, out of power from August 1992-October 1997
  • 30 years: Yoweri Museveni - Uganda, became president after his rebel group took power in January 1986

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