Succes Masra, the president of Chadian opposition party Les Transformateurs (The Transformers) on May 3, 2021 (Photo: Issouf Sanogo/AFP)

Chad's transitional president General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno on Monday appointed a former leading opposition leader, who recently returned from exile, as prime minister.

Succes Masra, president of The Transformers party, was a long-time opponent of the Deby dynasty but returned to Chad in November after reaching an agreement with its military leaders.

Days before last month's referendum on a new constitution – which saw 86 percent of participants vote "yes" – Masra publicly urged supporters to vote in favour, with the outcome now expected to pave the way to elections.

"Doctor Succes Masra is appointed prime minister, head of the transition government," general secretary to the presidency Mahamat Ahmat Alabo announced on state TV.

Masra went into exile shortly after October 20, 2022 protests against the military regime, which had just extended by two years an 18-month transition supposed to culminate in elections and the return of power to a civilian government.

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Source: AFP

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