The ruling junta in Chad has appointed nine women into the forty-member cabinet announced Sunday, May 2.
Among the women appointed are: Ms Lydie Beassemda, the first woman candidate for a presidential election in the April 11, 2021 poll and former minister under late President Idriss Deby Itno who has been appointed Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation, and Kamougue nee Dene-Assoum as Minister of Agricultural Development.
Others are Ms Fatime Goukouni Weddeye as Minister of Transport and Road Security, Isabelle Housna Kassire as Minister of Professional Training and Trades, Ammina Ehemir Torna as Minister of Lands, Housing Development and Urbanism, Achta Djibrine Sy as Minister of Culture and the Promotion of Diversity, Amina Priscille Longoh as Minister of Women, Family and the Protection of Children, Ndolenodji Alix Naimbaye as Secretary of State for Finance and the Budget and Rachelle Oualmi Bairra as Assistant Secretary-General of Government.
Other members of the government include Acheih Ibn Oumar, a former rebel leader who became a diplomatic adviser to the presidency in 2019 who becomes minister in charge of the newly-created Ministry of National Reconciliation and Dialogue, Opposition figure Mahamat Ahat Alhabo of the Party for Freedoms and Development who becomes the Minister of Justice, Cherif Mahamat Zene who has been appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, a post he held from 2018 to 2020. He had also served as the Permanent Representative of Chad to the United Nations.
The new government comes after consultations with the transitional Prime Minister, Albert Pahimi Padacke who was charged with the responsibility of proposing a list of cabinet members by the Transitional Military Council (TMC).
The TMC Sunday lifted the curfew imposed on April 20 following the death of President Idriss Deby Itno.
A decree lifting the curfew said the decision was taken “after evaluating the steps initially taken by the transitional military council across the country and the security situation.”
Meanwhile, the situation in the country remains tense and the military on Sunday announced that six people were killed last week during demonstrations in the capital N’Djamena and in the south.
The opposition on its part and local non-governmental organisations say the number of those killed is nine with 650 people arrested during the protests.
Leading opposition figures have said they were not impressed by the new cabinet and rejected the appointments as a continuation of an old order they hope to erase.
“It gives the impression of a house built starting with the roof. This will not go far as long as we do not return to the foundations desired by the people: a civilian president, a (military) vice-president,” opposition leader SuccMaurasra declared.