Chad's President Idriss Deby said Tuesday that he would run for a fifth term in April's election and promised to restore term limits if he wins.
Deby seized power in a 1990 coup.
Term limits were scrapped in 2005 just as a civil war between Muslims and Christians erupted.
"The principles of presidential term limits in the constitution must be reintroduced," Deby told a political party convention Tuesday. "Today, nothing requires us to remain in a system where changing leaders becomes difficult."
He said the "life of the nation was in danger" when term limits were ended in 2005.
Chad has become a key Western ally in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in neighboring Nigeria.