The Central African country is scheduled to hold the first round of presidential elections next May. The list of candidates, which was released today, includes opposition leader Masra, who was appointed prime minister of the transitional government last January.

Earlier this March, Deby confirmed his intention to run, and this is the first time in Chad's history that the country's president and prime minister have faced each other in presidential elections. First round of voting scheduled to take place on May 6, the second on June 22, and preliminary results will appear on July 7.