In Chad: Country urged by France to hold parliamentary elections

West African Country Chad has been urged by France to hold the parliamentary elections after securing billions of dollars from donor countries to help revive Chad’s ailing economy .

President Idriss Derby who was re-elected in 201In Chad: Country urge by France to hold parliamentary elections

6 after gaining power in 1990 at the head of an armed rebellion, said in February that lack of financial resources meant Chad’s  parliamentary elections would be postponed indefinitely.

“The legislative elections are an important moment in democratic life,” French foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes Romatet-Espagne told reporters in a daily briefing. “We hope in this regard that the Chadian authorities … will be in a position to announce a calendar (for elections) soon.”

In a statement on Friday, Chad’s government said it had secured about $18.5 billion in pledges for a 2017-2021 national development programme, double its original expectations.

Romatet-Espagne said France  would contribute 223 million euros ($267.27 million).

The former French colony, one of the poorest nations in the world, has been rocked by humanitarian crises over the past decade, including conflicts in the east and south, drought in the arid Sahel region and flooding.

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