The upcoming constitutional referendum scheduled for December 17 has become the focal point of political discourse in Chad. As the referendum campaign is set to commence on November 25, both the pro and anti-factions are actively shaping their strategies. Saleh Kebzabo, the transitional Prime Minister, hosted a meeting on Monday with political parties supporting the transition, collectively known as the “Coalition for Yes.”
For the former opposition leader now serving as Prime Minister, the objective of this gathering is to equip themselves with the tools needed to secure public support for the new Constitution. Saleh Kebzabo expresses optimism, stating, “We must demonstrate and prove to our compatriots that salvation lies only in a unitary, decentralized state, characterized by good governance, peace, and national unity.”
Meanwhile, the opposition maintains a consistent stance, advocating for a boycott of the referendum. Avoksouma Djona Atchénémou, President of the Democrats party and a member of GCAP, the consultation group of political actors, asserts, “We do not agree with the entire charade that is unfolding. We have already called not only for a boycott but reject the referendum altogether.”
Before the Prime Minister’s meeting, the President of the transition, Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, had also engaged with supporters of the “yes” camp over the weekend. The divergent perspectives underscore the polarized nature of the political landscape as Chad navigates the path toward a constitutional decision.