February 28, 2011 / 1:02 PM / in 7 years

Chad vote results show strong Deby support

N‘DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad’s ruling party and its allies won a majority of seats in a February 13 parliamentary election, the electoral commission said on Monday.

<p>Chad's President Idriss Deby leaves a session of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) summit in Dakar March 14, 2008. REUTERS/Normand Blouin</p>

The result signalled strong support for President Idriss Deby ahead of an April presidential election.

Deby’s Patriotic Salvation Movement (MPS) won 110 of the 188 parliamentary seats. Together with two allies, it now controls 131 seats after the first parliamentary election in eight years in the oil-producing state.

Despite some irregularities, the election was conducted peacefully with a 56.6 percent participation rate, Yaya Mahamat Liguita, chairman of the independent electoral commission said in a statement.

Past attempts to hold the election had failed because of lack of security in the former French colony which produces about 115,000 barrels of oil per day.

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