Chad: government announces general amnesty for rebels imprisoned or in exile

General Mahamat Idriss Déby, president of the Transitional Military Council in Chad, during a visit to Khartoum, Sudan, August 29, 2021. AFP - -

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At the end of an extraordinary cabinet meeting, a general amnesty for rebels imprisoned or in exile was announced on Monday. 

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With our correspondent in Ndjamena

Aurélie Bazzara-Kibangula

The announcement was made live in the Chadian television newspaper by the government spokesperson.

The amnesty concerns all those convicted of violating the integrity of the State and also facts relating to freedom of opinion.

This amnesty would concern 39 people.

The minister also announced a general amnesty for those convicted of acts of terrorism, of complicity in terrorism and of enlisting minors in armed groups.

This time, according to the authorities, this decision would concern more than 250 convicted Chadians, many of whom are in exile.

It is a sign of openness on the part of the authorities since the amnesty was

one of the demands

of the leaders of the politico-military groups for their participation in a national dialogue, the date of which has not yet been fixed.

This demand was made

during consultations

between leaders of rebel groups and members of the special technical committee headed by former President Goukouni.

These consultations had taken place in Qatar, France and Egypt.

Also to listen

: National dialogue in Chad: "restraint is necessary", according to A. Koulamallah, Minister of Communication

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