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The Youth Already Know How Chad’s Election Will Go Down

At 25 year old, Rimtebaye has only known one President, Idriss Déby. He wants things to change but no longer believes in it. Because the Chadian president, who has been in power for 30 years, is sure of a sixth term in Sunday’s presidential election. Like many of his peers disillusioned by the misery that afflicts the third least developed country in the world according to the UN, Rimtebaye spends his days venting his desire for “change” on social networks. For several months, President Déby’s government, which authorizes and even encourages a certain “moderate” opposition, or “manipulated” according to its detractors, has been violently repressing the more critical opposition which calls for “peaceful marches for change” every Saturday. But the “peaceful marches” hardly draws the numbers. The divisions of the opposition, which has failed to push a single candidate, and the security forces that violently disperse the slightest gathering dissuade even the most reckless