List of heads of state of Chad

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President of the
Republic of Chad
Président de la
République du Tchad
رئيس جمهورية تشاد (Arabic)
Coat of arms of Chad.svg
Mahamat Deby.png
Mahamat Déby
Chairman of the Transitional Military Council

since 20 April 2021
Residence Presidential Palace, N'Djamena
Term length 5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holder François Tombalbaye
Formation23 April 1962
Salary800,000 FCFA / month
Website Presidency of Chad

This is a list of heads of state of Chad since the country gained independence from France in 1960 to the present day.


A total of six people have served as head of state of Chad (not counting two Interim Heads of State). Additionally, one person, Goukouni Oueddei, has served on two non-consecutive occasions.

The current head of state of Chad is Chairman of the Transitional Military Council Mahamat Déby, since 20 April 2021.



Political parties
Other factions

List of officeholders

ElectedTerm of officePolitical party Prime minister(s)
Took officeLeft officeTime in office
1 Francois Tombalbaye p1959.jpg François Tombalbaye
(1918–1975) [lower-alpha 1]
11 August 196013 April 1975
( assassinated.)
14 years, 245 days PPT / MNRCS Position not established
No image.png Noël Milarew Odingar
13 April 197515 April 19752 days Military Position not established
2 No image.png Félix Malloum
15 April 197523 March 1979
3 years, 342 days Military Habré
3 No image.png Goukouni Oueddei
(born 1944)
23 March 197929 April 197937 days FROLINATFAP Position vacant
4 No image.png Lol Mahamat Choua
29 April 19793 September 1979127 days MPLT Position vacant
(3) No image.png Goukouni Oueddei
(born 1944)
3 September 19797 June 1982
2 years, 277 days FROLINATFAP Ngardoum
5 Hissene Habre in 1987 (cropped).jpg Hissène Habré
(born 1942)
7 June 19822 December 1990
( ousted.)
8 years, 178 days FAN / UNIR Ngardoum
6 Idriss Deby at the White House in 2014.jpg Idriss Déby
2 December 199020 April 2021
( killed in action.)
30 years, 139 days MPS Bawoyeu
Mahamat Deby.png Mahamat Déby
(born 1984)
20 April 2021Incumbent93 days Military Padacké

Latest election

Idriss Déby Patriotic Salvation Movement 3,663,43179.32
Albert Pahimi Padacké National Rally for Democracy in Chad 476,46410.32
Lydie Beassemda Party for Democracy and Independence145,8673.16
Félix Romadoumngar Nialbé Union for Renewal and Democracy 87,7221.90
Brice Mbaïmon GuedmbayeMovement of Patriotic Chadians for the Republic64,5401.40
Baltazar Alladoum DjarmaChadian Socialist Action for Renewal59,9651.30
Saleh Kebzabo National Union for Democracy and Renewal 47,5181.03
Théophile BongoroParty for Rally and Equity in Chad34,6100.75
Théophile YombombéUnion of Progressive Workers for Cohesion19,9230.43
Ngarlejy Yorongar Federation, Action for the Republic 18,6930.40
Source: CENI

See also


  1. Changed name to N’Garta Tombalbaye on 30 August 1973 due to the policy of Africanization.

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