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Chad's PM, Government Resign Ahead of Censure Vote

Chad's Prime Minister Joseph Djimrangar Dadnadji resigned along with his cabinet on Thursday, a day before lawmakers from his own ruling majority had planned to examine a motion of censure against the government.

Seventy-four legislators introduced a motion on Monday criticizing Dadnadji for chronic instability in the government and for failing to tackle Chad's high cost of living. The prime minister has ordered five cabinet reshuffles in 10 months.

“Assuming the consequences of this crisis, I present my resignation and that of my government,” said Dadnadji's resignation letter to President Idriss Deby, read on state television. “The relationship with the majority, topped off by a motion of censure, hinders the continuation of my mission.”

Deby has used his military to position landlocked, oil-producing Chad as a regional power broker as France seeks to reduce its influence in its former African colonies. Chadian troops were a key part of a French-led mission to hunt down al-Qaida fighters in northern Mali this year.

In March, Chadian peacekeepers played a decisive role in allowing rebels to seize power in Central African Republic.

But Deby's domestic position has appeared more fragile since he seized power in 1990. He has been forced to fend off rebellions and coup attempts in the ethnically fractious oil-producing desert nation.