The military council that took power in Chad last month after the shock death of veteran leader Idriss Deby has named a transitional government.
Deby’s 37-year-old son Mahamat, who took the helm of the so-called “Transitional Military Council (CMT)”, named a government comprising 40 ministers and deputy ministers and created a new national reconciliation ministry, military council spokesman Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a televised statement.
The new ministry is to be headed by Acheick Ibn Oumar, a former rebel chief who became a diplomatic adviser to the presidency in 2019.
Longtime opposition politician Saleh Kebzabo was not named to the transition government, but he issued a statement saying he “recognised” it. Two members of his party were given portfolios.
Another opposition figure, Mahamat Ahmat Alhabo, will be justice minister in the country of around 16 million.
Earlier on Sunday, the military announced the lifting of an overnight curfew introduced after Deby’s death.
The overnight curfew, barring people from leaving their homes between 6pm and 5am local time, was introduced on April 20, hours after the military announced that Deby had died from wounds sustained in fighting with rebel forces. The start of the curfew was later pushed back to 8pm.
A decree signed by Agouna, said the curfew had been lifted on Sunday “after evaluating the steps initially taken by the transitional military council (CMT) across the country and the security situation”.
Chad has remained tense since Deby’s death, with the military saying that six people were killed last week during demonstrations in N’Djamena and the south against what the opposition has branded an “institutional coup d’etat”.
A local non-governmental organisation has put the death toll from the demonstrations at nine. More than 650 people were arrested during the protests, which had been banned by the authorities.