In a significant development for Chad, preliminary results from the electoral commission revealed that voters have adopted a new constitution by an overwhelming 86 percent. The announcement comes after the country’s military rulers advocated for the new constitution as a crucial milestone toward the restoration of civilian rule. However, the process faced criticism and denouncement from opposition politicians.
Chad, grappling with a political transition, witnessed a turnout of 63.75 percent, according to the electoral commission’s figures released on Sunday. The new constitution, a focal point of the military’s roadmap for the country’s political future, has been a subject of contention.
The military rulers, who assumed control following the death of President Idriss Deby, have positioned the adoption of the new constitution as a pivotal step in the transition back to civilian governance. The proposed constitution outlines a framework for the country’s political structure and future elections.
Despite the military’s endorsement, opposition politicians voiced strong objections to the new constitution, raising concerns about its content and the overall transition process. Critics argue that the constitution, as promoted by the military, may not adequately address the diverse perspectives within the nation.
The high turnout underscores the significance of the constitutional referendum for the Chadian people. However, the opposition’s denouncement suggests that divisions persist regarding the path forward for Chad’s political landscape.
As the electoral commission works to finalize the results, Chad finds itself at a crucial juncture in determining its political future. The adoption of the new constitution, while supported by a majority, is emblematic of the challenges and complexities involved in steering the nation back to civilian rule after a period of military leadership. The coming days are likely to witness continued scrutiny and discussions surrounding the implications of this constitutional development for Chad’s political trajectory.