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Chad..a rebel leader seeks help from Russian Wagner mercenaries


N’Djamena (AFP) – February 17, 2022. 09:53

Chad accuses rebel leader of seeking support from Pharos mercenaries

  • Teman Erdimi, head of the Union of Resistance Forces, asked for help from the Russian private military company Wagner
  • Teman Erdimi was one of the staunch enemies of the late President Idriss Deby Itno
  • Erdimi asked the “Russians” to come to Chad and help him “to expel Mohamed (Déby) and France.”

The ruling military council accused the Chad A rebel leader seeks the help of Russian mercenaries to disrupt the reconciliation process and seize power.

The military council said that “Timan Erdimi”, who heads the “Union of Resistance Forces”, requested the assistance of a companyWagnerRussian Special Military.

He referred to a phone conversation that was leaked on social media, which he considered incriminating Erdimi.

“We confirm that this is the voice of Teman Erdimi,” said the spokesman for the government appointed by the military council, “Abdulrahman Kalamullah.”

He added that in the phone recording, Erdimi, who resides in Qatar, can be heard talking to a “principal advisor.” Central African Republic Faustin Archang Touadera.

Teman Erdimi was one of the staunch enemies of the late President Idriss Deby Itno.

Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno was killed last April in the north of the country, and his son Mohamed Idriss Deby Itno, 37, soon assumed the presidency of a military council that has led the country since then.

After the dismissal of the government, the dissolution of parliament and the abolition of the constitution, he promised to hold “free and transparent” elections within 18 months, but the military council announced last month that the National Forum, which is supposed to determine the country’s future, will be postponed for about three months.

The Central African Republic has become a major area of ​​activity for the Wagner company, allegedly owned by businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kalamullah added that in the phone call, Erdimi asked the “Russians” to come to Chad and help him “to expel Mohamed (Déby) and France.”

France has intervened militarily in the Sahel region since 2013.

Agence France-Presse indicated that it had tried to phone Erdimi, who refused to comment on the allegations, saying that he first wanted to “consult” members of the “Union of Resistance Forces”.

In Bangui, the capital of Central Africa, the government said the “adviser” to President Touadera, mentioned in the call, was removed from his post a year ago.

“This man may be trying to use his previous position to serve his interests,” Central African Republic presidential spokesman Albert Yaluki Mokbim told AFP.

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