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Voting starts in Chad presidential election

FILE PHOTO: Macron welcomes Sahel leaders for a summit in Pau

N’DJAMENA (Reuters) – Polling stations opened in Chad on Sunday for a presidential election in which incumbent Idriss Deby is widely expected to extend his three-decade rule despite growing signs of popular discontent and criticism over his handling of oil wealth.

Deby and his wife were the first to cast their ballot at a polling station in the central African nation’s capital of N’Djamena early on Sunday.

(Reporting by Mahamat Ramadane; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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