Chad

Chad's six unsuccessful presidential candidates were all picked up for questioning by police on Monday and then released an hour later. The six men were meeting just hours after it was announced that Chad's incumbent President Idriss Deby had won an outright majority in the first round of voting, making a second round unnecessary. The six opposition candidates had issued a joint statement last Thursday alleging fraud in the 20 May poll, but foreign observers said the vote appeared to be fair.

The World Bank and the IMF announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to support a comprehensive debt reduction package for Chad—one of the poorest countries on earthunder the enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative.

A minister in the Central African Republic has accused the security forces of killing Chadian farmers in the north of the country. The minister of rural development Salomon Namkosserena told the French News Agency that almost 60 farmers were killed in various incidents over the past month.

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