N'Djamena, 10 July, 2021 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Chad are, in a collective statement, advocating for “inclusive national dialogue” that can bring together stakeholders in the country’s socio-political life.
In their statement circulated Tuesday, July 6, members of the Episcopal Conference of Chad (CET) say the demise of the country’s President, Idriss Déby who died April 19 at the hands of military forces has exposed the crises in the North-Central African nation.
“The death of President Déby has made this crisis obvious, and this inclusive national dialogue and reconciliation is becoming an urgent necessity in order to enable all the children of Chad to come together and agree on a new social contract that should bind them for the next few decades,” the Catholic Bishops say.
CET members add, “The inclusive national reconciliation dialogue, which is supposed to bring together all the actors in Chad's socio-political life and set up a national transitional council responsible for carrying out the necessary institutional reforms with a view to drawing up a more consensual draft constitution, is slow to take shape.”
“The lack of real and sincere dialogue between Chadian socio-political actors has long plagued national life and is at the heart of current debates,” the Catholic Bishops further say.