Political and Economic Effects of Qaddafi's Death on Chad Notes de l'Ifri, December 2013
On 24 August 2011, President Idriss Déby Itno of Chad recognised the National Transitional Council (NTC) as the only legitimate authority in Libya. Until then, the Chadian president had been a firm ally of the Guide of the Great Jahamiriya, President Qaddafi of Libya. Déby had sustained his long-time friend and helper with military equipment and soldiers from Chad from the beginning of the uprisings.
This paper discusses the political and economic impacts of the end of Qaddafi’s regime on President Déby and his regime. We start by discussing the policies and events guiding Déby’s and Qaddafi’s relationship prior to Qaddafi’s fall in August 2011 and then describe how Qaddafi served as an economic investor and political advisor to President Déby. Then we speculate how Qaddafi’s fall has effected and may continue to affect the political and economic situation in Chad. Qaddafi and Déby had been partners since Déby became the president of Chad in December 1990.