Chad votes with long time leader seeking fifth term.

Apr 11, 2016 | Africa | 0 comments

Chadians have voted in a presidential election as the incumbent, Idriss Deby, sought a fifth term in office.

President Deby, who took power in a military coup 26 years ago, faces 12 challengers but is widely expected to win another term.

Witnesses says thousands of voters cast their ballots Sunday, in the first election the central African country has held using biometric data.

In recent weeks, protest marches have been banned and government opponents imprisoned. The opposition, which is fractured, boycotted the last election in 2011.

Results are not expected for two weeks, according to a timetable set out by the electoral commission.


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