At least seven candidates have registered for Chad's presidential election, to be held on 20 May. They include Minister of State Saleh Kebzaboh, nominated on 1 April by his Union nationale pour le developpement et le renouveau. President Idris Deby is seeking re-election, while one of his former prime ministers, Kassire Coumakoye, was nominated on Friday by the Rassemblement national pour le développement et le progrès. Coumakoye was prime minister from 1993 to 1995.
Also in the race are opposition parliamentarians Jean-Bawoyeu Alingué, president of the Union pour la démocratie et la République, and Ngarledjy Yorongar of the Fédération action pour la République, along with two other candidates. Opposition parties and the independent national electoral commission had called for the polls to be postponed, but the government rejected the calls.