Chad’s parliament extended a state of emergency by four months in three provinces where there is fighting between rival ethnic groups.
The state of emergency is in place in the western Tibesti region bordering Niger and the eastern Sila and Ouaddai regions bordering Sudan. It was first declared by Chad’s Council of Ministers on 19 August.
At least 50 people died in clashes between semi-nomadic cattle herders of President Idriss Deby’s Zaghawa ethnic group and settled farmers mostly from the Ouaddian community last month.
“The next four months will allow government to roll out enough armed forces to re-establish order and achieve disarmament,” said Ismael Chaibo, minister of territorial administration.
Chadian armed forces face security threats on multiple fronts, including a Boko Haram Islamist insurgency in the south-west, near Lake Chad and a northern rebellion based in neighbouring Libya French warplanes intervened to halt in February.
Deby’s fight against Islamist militants – he deployed troops to counter groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State in the Sahel and Lake Chad region – has strained the military, leaving it ill-equipped to tackle new insecurity.