Voting starts in Chad presidential election

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FILE PHOTO: Chad's President Idriss Deby arrives to attend a summit on the situation in the Sahel region in the southern French city of Pau, France, January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau//File Photo

N’DJAMENA (Reuters) – Polling stations opened in Chad on Sunday for a presidential election in which incumbent Idriss Deby is widely expected to extend his three-decade rule despite growing signs of popular discontent and criticism over his handling of oil wealth.

Deby and his wife were the first to cast their ballot at a polling station in the central African nation’s capital of N’Djamena early on Sunday.