A decree by military leader Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno has appointed former journalist Saleh Kebzabo, 75, for the job.
In the absence of the main rebel group, over 40 opposition groups agreed to a ceasefire ahead of the August 20 talks planned in the Chadian capital of N’Djamena.
The Doha meeting would be a prelude to agreeing on a new constitution and then holding elections in the African nation that was thrown into turmoil last April.
The dispute over water resources in northern Cameroon has caused around 80,000 people to flee into Chad since December 5, prompting the host country to call for immediate assistance for new refugees.
Thirty-seven-year-old Mahamat Idriss Deby, who took charge of the transitional military council after his father’s death, is a four-star general, who is known in military circles as “the man in dark glasses.”
Shock announcement of Idriss Deby’s death on the frontline of a fight against northern rebels comes day after the 68-year-old was proclaimed the winner of a presidential election that had given him a sixth term in office.
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