Pascal Yoadimnadji

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Pascal Yoadimnadji (1950? – February 23, 2007) was a Chadian politician. He was Prime Minister of Chad from February 2005 to his death in February 2007.[1]

Biography

Yoadimnadji was born in Béboto in the Logone Oriental Region of southern Chad.[1] He was a member of the Gor ethnic group,[2] and was a lawyer.[3]

He served as head of the National Electoral Commission from 1995 to 1997, during which time the 1996 presidential election was held.[1][3] He was appointed as Minister of Mines, Energy and Oil on May 21, 1997,[4] and subsequently he became Minister of Tourist Development in 1998 and Minister of the Environment and Water in 1999. He then served as President of the Constitutional Council from 1999 to 2004[1] and was appointed as Minister of Agriculture on July 23, 2004.[5][6]

Yoadimnadji headed La Francophonie's observer mission for the January 2003 parliamentary election in Djibouti.[7]

He became Prime Minister on February 3, 2005, when he was appointed by President Idriss Déby following the resignation of Moussa Faki.[2][8] On August 24, 2005, Yoadimnadji announced that the government of Chad would remove all the accomplices of Chad’s former leader, Hissène Habré, from official positions.[9] He approved extending a state of emergency in November 2006 for six months in eastern provinces due to a rise in ethnic clashes that killed as many as 400 people.[10] Yoadimnadji called for a mobilization of soldiers after the Darfur conflict spilled into Chad.[11] The Los Angeles Times reported that "although he was a senior government figure, Yoadimnadji was not a major player in Chadian politics."[12]

On February 21, 2007, Yoadimnadji suffered a heart attack[13] and fell into a coma, and he was flown to France for medical treatment. He died of a brain hemorrhage on February 23 at a hospital in Paris.[3] Seven days of mourning were declared for him in Chad, beginning on February 23.[14][15] On February 26, he received a state funeral in N'Djamena, in which he was praised by Déby. His body was then given to his family for burial in Béboto.[16] A school has been named after him.[17]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Valery Gottingar, "Curriculum vitae de Monsieur Pascal Yoadimnadji" at the Wayback Machine (archived March 15, 2007), Chadian government web site, February 23, 2007 (in French).
  2. ^ a b "Prime Minister resigns after civil servant strikes", IRIN, February 4, 2005.
  3. ^ a b c "Chadian Prime Minister Yoadimnadji Dies", Associated Press, February 23, 2007.
  4. ^ "May 1997 - Chad", Keesing's Record of World Events, volume 43, May 1997, Chad, page 41,626.
  5. ^ "Le gouvernement du Tchad est remanié : 9 départs et 10 entrées", cefod.org, July 23, 2004 (in French).
  6. ^ "Chad: Ten new ministers appointed in "major" cabinet reshuffle - national radio", Chadian National Radio, July 25, 2004.
  7. ^ "RAPPORT DE LA MISSION FRANCOPHONE D'OBSERVATION DES ELECTIONS LEGISLATIVES DU 10 JANVIER 2003", democratie.francophonie.org (in French).
  8. ^ "Nouveau PM du gouvernement tchadien", Xinhua, February 4, 2005 (in French).
  9. ^ "Chad: Government Promises Justice for Victims of ex-Dictator". Human Rights Watch. August 24, 2005. Retrieved November 8, 2016. 
  10. ^ Ali, Halime Assadya (November 24, 2006). "Chad extends state of emergency for another six months". Associated Press. Retrieved November 8, 2016. 
  11. ^ Crilly, Rob (November 18, 2006). "African peacekeepers to get UN backing in Darfur". The Times. Retrieved November 8, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Pascal Yoadimnadji, 56; prime minister of Chad, ex-agriculture minister". Los Angeles Times. February 24, 2007. Retrieved November 8, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Chad prime minister flown to France after heart attack", Reuters, February 21, 2007.
  14. ^ "DECRET N° 201/PR/PM/SGG/2007" at the Wayback Machine (archived March 31, 2007), Chadian presidency website (2007 archive page), February 23, 2007 (in French).
  15. ^ Valery Gottingar, "Obsèques nationales pour M. Pascal Yoadimnadji, Premier Ministre décédé le 23 février 2007.", Chadian government website, February 23, 2007 (in French).
  16. ^ "Les autorités rendent un dernier hommage au Premier ministre décédé", AFP, February 26, 2007 (in French).
  17. ^ "Tchad: répression meurtrière au lycée de Doba". RFI (in French). January 8, 2015. Retrieved November 8, 2016. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Moussa Faki
Prime Minister of Chad
February 4, 2005 – 23 February 2007
Succeeded by
Adoum Younousmi
(acting)
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