Chad, proclaimed a Republic on 28 November 1958, acceded to national and International sovereignty [on] 11 August 1960.
Chad 1996 (rev. 2005)
English Translation © 2012 by William S. Hein & Co., Inc. All rights reserved.
Translated by Jefri J. Ruchti
Since that date, it has experienced a momentous institutional and political evolution.
Years of dictatorship and of [a] single party prevented the emergence of any democratic culture and political pluralism.
The different regimes that have succeeded one another have created and entrenched regionalism, tribalism, nepotism, social inequalities, [and] violations of the Rights of Man and of the individual and collective fundamental freedoms, of which the consequences have been war, political violence, hatred, intolerance and mistrust between different communities that compose the Chadian Nation.
This institutional and political crisis that has destabilized Chad for more than three decades has only galvanized the determination of the Chadian people to achieve the building of one nation, of dignity, of freedom, of peace and of prosperity.
Therefore, the Sovereign National Conference, held at N'Djaména from 15 January to 7 April 1993, having reunited the political parties, the associations of civil society, the organs of the State , the traditional and religious authorities, the representatives of the rural world and the resources of persons of stature [personalités], have restored confidence within the Chadian people and enabled the opening of a new era.
Consequently, We the Chadian People:
- Affirm by this Constitution our desire to live together with respect for ethnic, religious, regional and cultural diversities, to build a State of law and one united Nation founded on public freedoms and the fundamental rights of Man, the dignity of the human person and political pluralism, on the African values of solidarity and fraternity;
- Reaffirm our commitment to the principles of the Rights of Man as defined by the Charter of the United Nations of 1945, the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man of 1948 and the African Charter of the Rights of Man and of Peoples of 1981;
- Solemnly proclaim our right and our duty to resist and disobey any individual or group of individuals, [and] any organs of the State that would take power by force or exercise it in violation of this Constitution;
- Affirm our total opposition to any regime of which the policy would be founded on arbitrariness, dictatorship, injustice, corruption, extortion, nepotism, clanism, tribalism, confessionalism and the confiscation of power;
- Affirm our determination to cooperate in peace and amity with all peoples who share our ideals of freedom, of justice and of solidarity, based on the principles of equality, of reciprocal interests, of mutual respect and of national sovereignty, of territorial integrity and of non-interference;
- Proclaim our commitment to the cause of African unity and our commitment to do everything possible to realize sub-regional and regional integration;
- Solemnly adopt this Constitution as supreme law of the State.
This preamble is made an integral part of the Constitution.
Title I. Of the State and of Sovereignty
Chad is a sovereign Republic, independent, secular, social, one and indivisible, founded on the principles of democracy, the rule of law and of justice. It has affirmed the separation of the religions and of the State.
Covering an area of one million two hundred eighty-four thousand (1 284 000) km2, the Republic of Chad is organized in decentralized territorial collectivities of which the autonomy is guaranteed by this Constitution.
Sovereignty belongs to the people who exercise it either directly by referendum, or indirectly by the intermediary of their elected representatives.
No community, no corporation, no political party or association, no trade union organization, no individual or group of individuals may arrogate its exercise.
The conditions of recourse to the referendum are determined by this Constitution and by an organic law.
The political parties and groups concur in the exercise of suffrage. They form themselves freely and exercise their activities within the conditions provided for by the law and within respect for the principles of national sovereignty, of territorial integrity, of national unity and of pluralist democracy.
Any propaganda of ethnic, tribal, regional or religious character tending to infringe the national unity or the secularity of the State is prohibited.
Suffrage is universal, direct or indirect, equal and secret.
All Chadians of both sexes, aged eighteen years of age and enjoying their civil and political rights[,] are electors within the conditions established by the law.
The principle of the exercise of power is the Government of the people by the people and for the people, founded on the separation of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial powers.
The national emblem is the tricolor flag, blue, gold, red in vertical bands and of dimensions equal, the blue being next to the pole.
The motto of the Republic of Chad is Unité -Travail -Progrès [Unity-Work-Progress]
The National Anthem is La Tchadienne.
The capital of the Republic of Chad is N'Djaména.
The official languages are French and Arabic.
The law establishes the conditions of promotion and of development of the national languages.
The seals and the arms of the Republic of Chad are determined by the law.
The conditions of acquisition and of loss of Chadian nationality are established by the law.
Title II. Of the Freedoms, of the Fundamental Rights and Duties
The freedoms and the fundamental rights are recognized and their exercise guaranteed to the citizens within the conditions and forms provided for by the Constitution and the law.
Chadians of both sexes have the same rights and the same duties.
They are equal before the law.
The State assures to all equality before the law without distinction of origin, of race, of sex, of religion, of political opinion or of social position.
It has the duty to see to the elimination of all the forms of discrimination with regard to women and to assure the protection of their rights in all the domains of private and public life.
Under reserve of the political rights, foreigners regularly admitted to the territory of the Republic of Chad have the same rights and freedoms as nationals within the limits of the law. They are held to conform to the Constitution, to the laws and regulations of the Republic.
The rights of juridical persons are guaranteed by this Constitution.
Chapter I. Of the Freedoms and of the Fundamental Rights
The human person is sacred and inviolable.
Every individual has the right to life, to the integrity of their person, to security, to liberty, to the protection of their privacy and of their assets.
No one may be subjected, either to degrading and humiliating acts [sévices] or treatment, or to torture.
Every individual has the right to free development of their person within respect for the rights of others, of good morals and of the public order.
No one may be held in slavery or in servitude.
Illegal and arbitrary arrests and detentions are prohibited.
No one may be detained in a penal establishment if it does not result from [tombe sous le coup] a criminal law in force.
One may only be arrested or charged by virtue of a law promulgated prior to the acts with which they are accused.
Every defendant is presumed innocent until the establishment of their culpability following a regular process offering the indispensable guarantees for their defense.
The penalty is personal. No one may be held responsible and prosecuted for an act not committed by them.
Customary and traditional rules concerning collective criminal responsibility are prohibited.
The freedoms of opinion and of expression, of communication, of conscience, of religion, of the press, of association, of assembly, of movement, of demonstration and of procession are guaranteed to all.
They may only be limited for the respect of the freedoms and the rights of others and by the imperative to safeguard the public order and good morals.
The law determines the conditions of [their] exercise.
The syndical freedom is recognized.
Every citizen is free to affiliate with the trade union of their choice.
The right to strike is recognized.
It is exercised within the framework of the laws which regulate it.
The dissolution of associations, political parties and trade unions may only intervene within the conditions provided for by their statutes or by judicial means .
The access to public employment is guaranteed to every Chadian without discrimination whatever, under reserve of the specific conditions of each job .
The State recognizes to all citizens the right to work.
It guarantees to workers the just compensation for their services or for their production.
No one may be discriminated against in their work because of their origins, of their opinions, of their beliefs, of their sex or of their marital status
Every Chadian has the right to culture.
The State has the duty to safeguard and to promote the national values of civilization.
Every citizen has the right to the creation, to the protection and to the enjoyment of their intellectual and artistic works.
The State assures the promotion and protection of the national cultural patrimony as well as of artistic and literary production.
Every citizen has the right to education.
Public education is secular and gratuitous.
Private education is recognized and is exercised within the conditions defined by the law.
Basic education is obligatory.
The State and the decentralized territorial collectivities create the conditions and the institutions which assure and guarantee the education of children.
The family is the natural and moral base of society.
The State and the decentralized territorial collectivities have a duty to see to the well-being of the family.
Parents have the natural right and duty to raise and to educate their children. They are supported in this task by the State and the decentralized territorial collectivities.
Children may only be separated from their parents or from those responsible for them when [these] fail in their duty.
The State and the decentralized territorial collectivities create conditions for the fulfillment and well-being of youth.
The State strives to provide for the needs of every citizen who, because of their age or their physical or mental inaptitude, find themselves with an incapacity to work, notably by the institution of organs of social character.
Private property is inviolable and sacred.
One may only be dispossessed for cause of duly declared public utility and with a just and prior indemnification.
The domicile is inviolable. Searches may only be effected within the cases and the forms prescribed by the law.
Every Chadian has the right to establish their domicile or residence freely and in any place whatsoever on the national territory.
Every Chadian has the right to circulate freely in the interior of the national territory, to leave it and to return to it.
The secrecy of correspondence and of communications is guaranteed by the law.
The right to asylum is granted to foreign nationals within the conditions determined by the law.
The extradition of political refugees is prohibited.
Every person has the right to a healthy environment.
The State and the decentralized territorial collectivities must see to the protection of the environment.
The conditions of storage, of handling and of disposal of toxic wastes or pollutants deriving from national activities are determined by the law.
The transit, importation, storage, burying, [or] dumping on the national territory of foreign toxic wastes or pollutants is prohibited.
Chapter II. Of the Duties
Every citizen is held to respect the Constitution, the laws and regulations as well as the institutions and the symbols of the Republic.
The public assets are inviolable. Every person must respect them and protect them.
The defense of the country and of the integrity of the national territory is a duty for every Chadian.
Military service is obligatory.
The conditions for accomplishing this duty are determined by the law.
Every citizen has the duty to respect and to protect the environment.
Every citizen participates as a function of their income and of their wealth in the public expenses.
One may neither invoke religious beliefs, or philosophical opinions to avoid an obligation dictated by the national interest.
The State has the duty to protect the legitimate interests of the Chadian nationals abroad.
The State guarantees the political neutrality of the administration and of the Armed Forces and [Forces] of Security.
The State exercises its entire and permanent sovereignty over all the national natural riches and resources for the well-being of all of the national community.
However, it may concede the exploration and the exploitation of these natural resources to private initiative.
The State guarantees the freedom of enterprise.
Title III. Of the Executive Power
The executive power is exercised by the President of the Republic and the Government
Chapter I. Of the President of the Republic
The President of the Republic is the Head of State.
He sees to the respect for the Constitution.
He assures, by his arbitration, the regular functioning of the public powers as well as the continuity of the State.
He is the guarantor of the national independence, of the sovereignty and of the unity, of the integrity of the territory and of the respect for the treaties and international agreements.
The President is elected for a mandate of five years by universal direct suffrage.
It is re-eligible.
The Chadians of the two (2) sexes meeting the following conditions[,] may make the act of candidature to the functions of President of the Republic:
- to be Chadian by birth, born of father and of mother themselves Chadian of origin and not having a nationality other than Chadian;
- to be thirty-five years [old] at a minimum;
- to enjoy all their civil and political rights;
- to have a good physical and mental health;
- to be of good morality.
The candidate must also pay a surety the amount of which is established by the law.
If the candidate is a member of the armed forces and [forces] of security, he must first be placed on [extended] leave.
The candidatures for the Presidency of the Republic are deposited with the Constitutional Council forty (40) clear days at least and sixty (60) clear days at most before the first round of the ballot.
Thirty days before the first round of the ballot, the Constitutional Council orders and publishes the list of the candidates.
The ballot is opened on convocation of the Government.
The election of the new President takes place thirty-five (35) days at the latest before the expiration of the mandate in [its] course.
In case of death or incapacity of one of the two (2) candidates most favored in the first round[,] before any eventual withdrawals, the Constitutional Council, after deciding, orders that it must proceed again to the whole of the electoral operations; it is the same in case of death or incapacity of one of the two candidates remaining considering [en vue] the second round.
The election of the President of the Republic takes place by uninominal majority ballot in two rounds.
The candidate having obtained the absolute majority of the suffrage expressed[,] is declared elected at the first round.
If no candidate has obtained the absolute majority in the first round, it proceeds, the second Sunday following, to a second round for the two candidates arriving ahead.
The candidate having obtained the greatest number of votes at the end of the second round, is elected President of the Republic.
The conditions of eligibility, of presentation of the candidatures, of the course of the ballot, of the counting and of the proclamation of the results are specified by the law.
The Constitutional Council sees to the regularity of the ballot and decides [on] the results.
The results of the ballot are made the object of a provisional proclamation.
If no objection relative to the regularity of the electoral operations has been deposited with the Constitutional Council by one of the candidates within the five (5) days of the provisional proclamation, the Constitutional Council declares the President of the Republic definitively elected.
In case of objection, the Constitutional Council is held to decide within the fifteen (15) days from the provisional proclamation; its decision leads to definitive proclamation or annulment of the election.
If no objection is raised within the time period of five (5) days and if the Constitutional Council deems that the election was not tainted with any irregularity of a nature leading to its annulment, it proclaims the election of the President of the Republic within the ten (10) days which follow the ballot.
In case of annulment, it proceeds to a new round of the ballot within the fifteen (15) days following the decision.
The mandate of the new President of the Republic takes effect counting from the date of expiration of the preceding mandate.
Before his entry into [the] functions, the President of the Republic takes an oath publicly before the Constitutional Council in the presence of the members of the National Assembly in these terms:
We .................., President of the Republic elected according to the laws of the country, solemnly swear before the Chadian People and, on [my] Honor:
- to preserve, respect, to have respected and defend the Constitution and the laws;
- to fulfill with loyalty the high functions that the Nation has confided in us;
- to respect and defend the republican form of the State;
- to preserve the integrity of the territory and the unity of the Nation;
- to put all in place to guarantee justice to all citizens;
- to respect and to defend the rights and the freedoms of individuals".
The functions of the President of the Republic are incompatible with the exercise of any other elective mandate, of any public employment and of any other professional and lucrative activity.
They are equally incompatible with any activity within a political party or group of parties or of a trade union organization.
The President of the Republic is held, on his entry into [the] functions and at the end of his mandate, to make on his honor a written statement of his patrimony and to address it to the Supreme Court.
During his mandate, the President of the Republic may not by himself[,] or by an intermediary[,] purchase or lease [anything] that belongs to the domain of the State.
He may not take part either by himself[,] or by an intermediary[,] in public and private contracts of the State or of its components.
The law establishes the civil list and other benefits granted to the President in office .
It determines equally the modalities of granting of a pension and other benefits to former Presidents enjoying their civil and political rights.
In the case of absence from the territory or temporary incapacity of the President of the Republic, his interim is assured by the Prime Minister within the limits of the powers that shall have been delegated to him.
In case of vacancy of the Presidency of the Republic for any cause that may be or of definitive incapacity established by the Constitutional Council referred to [the matter] by the Government and deciding with the absolute majority of its members, the attributions of the President of the Republic, with the exception of the powers specified in Articles 79, 82, 83 and 87, are provisionally exercised by the President of the National Assembly and, in case of incapacity of the latter by the First Vice President of said Assembly.
In every case, it proceeds to new presidential elections forty-five (45) days at least and ninety (90) days at most after the opening of the vacancy.
Within the interval, the Prime Minister may neither engage the responsibility of the Government before the National Assembly[,] nor may it make use of the motion of censure.
The President of the National Assembly assuring the functions of the President of the Republic may neither dismiss the Prime Minister and his Government, nor proceed to a revision of the Constitution, nor dissolve the National Assembly.
During the exercise of his functions, the criminal responsibility of the President of the Republic is only engaged in the case of high treason that Article 173 provides for.
The President appoints the Prime Minister.
He terminates his functions on presentation by him of the resignation of the Government.
On the proposal of the Prime Minister, he appoints the other members of Government and terminates their functions.
The President presides over the Council of Ministers.
The President of the Republic promulgates the laws within the fifteen (15) days which follow the transmission to the Government of the law definitively adopted.
He can, before the expiration of this time period, demand of the National Assembly a new deliberation the law or certain of its articles.
The new deliberation which may not be refused to suspends the time period of promulgation.
In case of urgency, the time period for promulgation is reduced to eight (8) days.
The President of the Republic, on proposal of the Government during the duration of the sessions or on proposal from the National Assembly published in the Journal Officiel [Official Gazette] and after the opinion of the Constitutional Council[,] can submit to referendum any bill of law concerning organization of the public powers, including approval an agreement of union or tending to authorize the ratification of a treaty which, without being contrary to the Constitution, would affect the functioning of the institutions.
After the adoption of the draft by referendum, the President of the Republic promulgates the law within the time period provided for in Article 81.
When the regular functioning of the public powers is menaced by persistent crises between the executive power and the legislative power or if the National Assembly, in the space of one year, dismisses the Government two times, the President can, after consultation with the Prime Minister and of the President of the National Assembly, declare the dissolution of it.
The general elections take place within a time period of forty-five (45) days after the dissolution of the National Assembly.
The National Assembly meets of plain right [on] the fifteenth working day following its election. If this meeting takes places outside of the periods provided for the ordinary sessions, a session is opened of right for a time period of fifteen (15) days.
A new dissolution may not proceed in the year which follows these elections.
The President signs the orders and the decrees taken in the Council of Ministers.
He appoints, in the Council of Ministers, to the high civil and military functions of the State.
An organic law determines the offices over which he has purview in the Council of Ministers as well as the conditions under which the power of appointment of the President of the Republic may be delegated by him to be exercised in his name.
The President of the Republic accredits and recalls the ambassadors and extraordinary envoys to the States and the international organizations.
The foreign ambassadors and extraordinary envoys are accredited to him.
The President of the Republic is the Supreme Head of the armies. He presides over the superior councils and committees of the National Defense.
When the institutions of the Republic, the independence of the Nation, the territorial integrity or the execution of international commitments are menaced in a grave and immediate manner such that the regular functioning of the public powers is interrupted, the President of the Republic, after consultation with the President of the National Assembly and with the President of the Constitutional Council, takes in the Council of Ministers, for a time period not exceeding fifteen (15) days, the exceptional measures required by the circumstances.
This period may only be extended after the conforming opinion of the National Assembly.
The President informs the Nation of it by a message.
The National Assembly meets of plain right if it is not in Session.
These exceptional measures shall not justify infringements of the rights to life, to physical and moral integrity and to the jurisdictional guarantees granted to individuals.
The measures taken by virtue of the preceding Article must be inspired by the will to assure to the constitutional public powers, within the least time period, the means to accomplish their mission.
The National Assembly may not be dissolved during the exercise of exceptional powers.
The President exercises the right of pardon.
The President of the Republic communicates with the National Assembly by messages that he has read and which do not give rise to any debate. Out of session, the National Assembly is convened specially to this effect.
The acts of the President of the Republic other than those relating:
- to the appointment of the Prime Minister;
- to the dissolution of the National Assembly;
- to the recourse to the referendum;
- to the exercise of exceptional powers;
- to the messages addressed by him to the National Assembly;
- to the referral [of matters] to the Constitutional Council;
- to the appointment of members of the Constitutional Council, of the Supreme Court, of the High Council of Communication, of the High Court of Justice, [and] of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council;
- to the right of pardon;
- to the ordinary Decrees[;]
are countersigned by the Prime Minister and, the case arising, by the Ministers responsible.
The President of the Republic may delegate certain of his powers to the Prime Minister.
Chapter II. Of the Government
The Government is composed of the Prime Minister and the Ministers.
The Government executes the policy of the Nation defined in the Council of Ministers.
It assures the execution of the laws.
The Prime Minister is the Head of Government. He is appointed by decree of the President of the Republic.
The other members of the Government are appointed by the President of the Republic on proposal of the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister must, within a maximum time period of twenty-one (21) days, present the Government to the investiture of the National Assembly and obtain from it a vote of confidence on the political program of his Government.
The Government is responsible before the National Assembly within the conditions and following the procedures provided for by Articles 137 and 138.
Prime Minister directs, coordinates and animates the governmental action.
He disposes the administration.
He sees to the good functioning of the public services.
Under the supervision of the Prime Minister, the Government assures public security and the maintenance of order within respect for the freedoms and for the rights of Man.
To this end, he disposes all the police forces given the charge of maintaining the internal order and security.
The Prime Minister presides over the Council of the Cabinet.
He substitutes for the President of the Republic in the presidency of the Council of Ministers, by virtue of an express delegation and for a specific agenda.
He substitutes [for] him equally in the presidency of the councils and committees of defense.
The Council of Ministers determines the matters in which the Prime Minister exercises the regulatory power.
The Prime Minister can delegate certain of his powers to the members of the Government.
The acts of the Prime Minister are countersigned, the case arising, by the Ministers given the charge of their execution.
When they enter into [their] functions and at the end, the Prime Minister and other members of the Government are held to make on their honor a written declaration of their patrimony and to address it to the Supreme Court.
The provisions relative to public contracts and adjudications provided for in Article 73 are applicable to the members of the Government.
The functions of member of the Government are incompatible with the exercise of any parliamentary mandate, of any function of professional representation of national character, with any public employment or any professional or lucrative activity, with the exception of Higher Education, of Scientific Research, [and] of Health.
An organic law establishes the conditions under which the replacement of the Deputies named to the Government is provided for.
Title IV. Of the Legislative Power
The legislative power is exercised by the National Assembly.
The members of the National Assembly have the title of Deputy.
The Deputies are elected by direct universal suffrage.
Chadians of the two sexes fulfilling the conditions established by the law[,] may be candidates to the National Assembly.
The mandate of Deputy is of four (4) years renewable.
An organic law establishes the number of the Deputies, their indemnities, [and] the regime of the ineligibilities and of the incompatibilities.
It establishes equally the conditions under which the persons named to assure, in case of vacancy of the seat, the replacement of Deputies[,] are elected[,] until the general renewal of the National Assembly.
The members of the National Assembly benefit from parliamentary immunity.
No Deputy may be prosecuted, investigated, arrested, detained or tried for the opinions or votes emitted by him in the exercise of his functions.
A Deputy, during the duration of the session, may only be prosecuted or arrested in a criminal or correctional matter with the permission of the National Assembly, except in cases of flagrante delicto.
A Deputy, out of session, may only be arrested with the authorization of the Bureau of the National Assembly, except in case of flagrante delicto, of authorized prosecutions or definitive condemnation.
In the case of an established crime or offense, the immunity can be lifted by the National Assembly during the sessions or by the Bureau of said Assembly out of session.
In cases of flagrante delicto, the Bureau of the National Assembly is immediately informed of the arrest.
The members of the Bureau of the National Assembly are elected by secret ballot at the debut of the first session of the legislature.
The President of the National Assembly is elected for the duration of the legislature.
The other members of the Bureau are elected for one year renewable, except during the year preceding the renewal of the National Assembly.
However, in case of [a] substantiated breach, the members of the Bureau can be replaced as a result of a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the National Assembly.
In case of vacancy in [a] post in the Bureau for whatever cause that may be, it proceeds within the twenty-one (21) days which follow to new elections to fill the post.
The Deputy represents the nation in [its] entirety.
Any imperative mandate is null and of no effect.
The right to vote of the Deputy is personal.
However, an organic law may authorize exceptionally the delegation to vote.
In this case, no one may receive delegation of more than one mandate.
The Internal Regulations of the National Assembly determine:
- the composition, [and] the rules of functioning of the Bureau as well as the prerogatives of its President;
- the number, the mode of designation, the composition, the role and the competence of its permanent commissions, its commissions of delegation as well as its temporary commissions;
- the organization of the administrative services;
- the disciplinary regime of the Deputies;
- the different modes of the ballot, with the exclusion of those provided for by the Constitution;
- all the rules relative to the functioning of the National Assembly.
If, at the opening of a session, the quorum of two-thirds [2/3] of the Deputies is not attained, the sitting is postponed to the third working day which follows. In this case, the deliberations are only valid if half at least of the Deputies are present.
The sittings of the National Assembly are valid only if they occur in the ordinary place of their sessions, except in case of force majeure.
The sittings of the National Assembly are public.
However, the Assembly may sit in closed [sitting] at the demand of the Prime Minister or of one-third (1/3) of its members.
The complete record of the debates of the National Assembly is published in the Journal Offciel de la République [Official Gazette of the Republic].
The National Assembly meets of plain right in two (2) ordinary sessions per year.
The first session opens on the fifth (5) of March.
The second session opens on the fifth (5) of October.
If the fifth  of March or fifth  of October is a holiday, the opening of the session takes place on the first working day which follows.
The duration of each session may not exceed ninety (90) days.
The National Assembly meets in extraordinary Session at the demand of the Prime Minister or of the majority of its members, on a specific agenda.
When the extraordinary Session is held at the demand of the members of the National Assembly, the decree of cloture intervenes once it has exhausted the agenda for which it had been convoked and at the latest fifteen (15) days counting from the date of opening of the Session.
The Prime Minister may only demand one new Session before the expiration of the month which follows the Decree of cloture.
Except in the case in which the National Assembly meets of plain right, the extraordinary Sessions are opened and closed by Decree of President of the Republic.
Title V. Of the Relations between the Executive Power and the Legislative Power
The law is voted by the National Assembly.
The law establishes the rules concerning:
- the civil rights and the fundamental guarantees accorded to citizens for the exercise of the public freedoms;
- the constraints imposed by the National Defense on the citizens[,] on their persons and on their assets;
- nationality, the status and capacity of persons, the matrimonial regimes, inheritance and gifts;
- the Family Code;
- the determination of criminal infractions as well as the penalties applicable to them, the criminal procedure, amnesty, the creation of new orders of jurisdiction and statute of the magistrates;
- the penitentiary regime;
- the base, the rate and modalities of collection of taxes of any nature;
- the regime of emission of the currency;
- the creation of categories of public establishments;
- the nationalization of enterprises and transfers of ownership of enterprises of the public sector to the private sector;
- the fundamental guarantees granted to the civil and military functionaries of the State;
- the electoral regime;
- the procedure according to which customs are declared and harmonized with the principles of the Constitution;
- the state of siege and the state of urgency.
The law defines the fundamental principles:
- of the administrative organization of the territory;
- of the general organization of the National Defense;
- of the free administration of the collectivities, of their competence and of their resources;
- of urban planning and management of the territory;
- of the Charter of the political parties, of the regimes of associations and of the press;
- of education , [and] of scientific research;
- of public health, of social affairs and of the rights of the child;
- of the regime of social security;
- of the regime of ownership, of real rights and of civil and commercial obligations;
- of the protection of the environment and of the conservation of natural resources;
- of the regime of land tenure
- of the regime of the domain of the State;
- of insurance, of savings and of credit;
- of the right to work and the syndical right;
- of culture[,] of the arts[,] and of sports;
- of the regime of transportation and telecommunications;
- of agriculture, of livestock, of fisheries, of wildlife, of water and of forests.
The provisions of this Article shall be specified and complemented by an organic law.
The matters other than those which are of the domain of the law have a regulatory character.
The texts of legislative form intervening in these matters can be modified by decree after [the] opinion of the Administrative Chamber of the Supreme Court.
Those of these texts which have intervened after the entry into force of this Constitution may only be modified by decree if the Constitutional Council has declared that they have a regulatory character by virtue of the preceding paragraph.
The declaration of war is authorized by the National Assembly.
The state of siege and the state of urgency are decreed in the Council of Ministers.
The Government informs the Bureau of the National Assembly of it.
Their extension beyond twelve (12) days may only be authorized by the National Assembly.
The Government can, for the execution of its program, demand of the National Assembly the authorization to take by ordinance, for a limited time period, the measures that are normally of the domain of the law.
The ordinances are taken in the Council of Ministers after [the] opinion of the Administrative Chamber of the Supreme Court.
They enter into force on their publication but become lapsed if the bill of law of ratification is not deposited before the National Assembly before the date established by the enabling law.
At the expiration of the time period mentioned in the first paragraph of this Article, the ordinances may only be modified further by the law in those matters which are of the legislative domain.
The members of the Government have access to the National Assembly and to its commissions.
They are heard at the demand of a Deputy or of a Commission.
They may be assisted by collaborators.
The organic law is a law which specifies or completes one or more constitutional provisions.
It may only be promulgated if the Constitutional Council, obligatorily referred to [the matter] by the President of the Republic, has declared it in conformity with the Constitution.
The provisions relative to the enabling to legislate granted to the Government, and those granted to the commissions of delegation [concerning] the right to take measures which are of the domain of the law[,] are not applicable to the organic laws.
The program laws determine the objectives of the economic and social action of the State.
The laws of finance determine the resources and the obligations [charges] of the State within the conditions and under the reserves provided for by an organic law.
The National Assembly votes the bills of the law of finance within the conditions provided for by an organic law.
The bill of the law of finance is deposited with the Bureau of the National Assembly at the latest on the eve of the opening of the second ordinary session.
The National Assembly has eighty (80) days at most to vote on the bill of the law of finance.
If, by result of a case of force majeure, the Government could not deposit the bill of the law of finance of the year in a timely fashion for the National Assembly to deal with it, before the end of the ordinary session [and] within the time period specified in the preceding paragraph, that [session] is, immediately and of plain right, followed by an extraordinary session of which the duration is at most equal to the time necessary to complete the said time period.
If the bill of the law of finance is not voted definitively at the expiration of the time period of eighty  days specified above, it can be brought into force by ordinance.
This ordinance must take into account the amendments voted by the National Assembly and accepted by the Government.
If, accounting for the above procedure, the law cannot be brought into force before the beginning of the budgetary year, the Government demands of urgency of the National Assembly the authorization to collect existing taxes and to open by Decree the credits related to the services voted.
The Chamber of Accounts of the Supreme Court assists the Government and the National Assembly in the control of the execution of the laws of finance.
The initiative of law belongs concurrently to the Government and to the members of the National Assembly.
The bills of law are deliberated in the Council of Ministers after the opinion of the Administrative Chamber of the Supreme Court and deposited with the Bureau of the National Assembly.
The proposals and amendments formulated by the members of the National Assembly are not receivable when their adoption would have as a consequence either a diminution of public resources, or the creation of an increase in public expenditures, unless they are accompanied by a proposal of augmentation of receipts or of equivalent economies.
If it appears during the course of the legislative procedure that a proposal or an amendment is not of the domain of the law or is contrary to a delegation granted by virtue of the provisions of Article 125 relative to enabling , the government may oppose the receivability.
In case of disagreement between the Government and the National Assembly, the Constitutional Council at the demand of one or other of the parties, decides within a time period of eight  days.
The discussion of the bills of law concerns the text presented by the Government.
The bills and proposals of laws are, at the demand of the Government or of the National Assembly, sent for examination to the Commissions specifically designated to that effect.
The bills and proposals for which such a demand has not been made are sent to one of permanent Commissions.
The number of the permanent Commissions is determined by the Internal Regulations of the National Assembly.
The members of the National Assembly and the Government have the right of amendment.
When the National Assembly has referred the examination of a draft of a text to a Commission, the Government can, after the opening of the debates, oppose the examination of any amendment that had not been previously submitted to that Commission.
If the Government demands it, the National Assembly decides by a sole vote on all or part of the text under discussion, only retaining in it the amendments proposed or accepted by it.
The agenda of the National Assembly includes with priority and in the order that the Government has established the discussion of the bills of law deposited by the Government.
One  sitting per week is reserved for the examination and the adoption of the proposals of law.
One  sitting per two weeks is reserved for the questions of the members of the National Assembly and to the responses of the Government.
The Prime Minister, after deliberation of the Council of Ministers, engages before the National Assembly the responsibility of the Government on its program and eventually on a declaration of general policy.
The National Assembly initiates [met en cause] the responsibility of the Government by the vote of a motion of censure. Such a motion is only receivable if it is signed by one-tenth [1/10] at least of the members of the National Assembly. The vote may only take place forty-eight  hours after its deposit. The votes in favor of the motion of censure alone are counted, which may only be adopted with the majority of members composing the National Assembly.
If the motion of censure is rejected, its signatories may not propose a new [one] in the course the same session, except in case provided for in the paragraph below.
The Prime Minister can, after deliberation of the Council of Ministers, engage the responsibility of the Government before the National Assembly on the vote of a text.
In this case, the text is considered adopted, except if a motion of censure, deposited in the twenty-four  hours which follow[,] is voted within the conditions provided for in paragraph two (2) of this Article.
When the National Assembly adopts a motion of censure or when it disapproves the program or a declaration of general policy of the Government, the Prime Minister must remit to the President of the Republic the resignation of the Government.
The closure of the ordinary or extraordinary Sessions is delayed[,] of right[,] to permit, the case arising, the application of the provisions of Article 137.
The Government is obligated to furnish to the National Assembly all the explanations which are demanded of it on its administration and on its activities.
The means of information and control of the National Assembly on the action of the Government are:
- the interpellation;
- the written question;
- the oral question;
- the Commission of inquiry;
- the motion of censure;
- the hearing in Commissions.
These means are exercised within the conditions determined by the Internal Regulations of the National Assembly.
Title VI. Of the Judicial Power
The judicial power is independent of the executive power and of the legislative power.
A sole order of jurisdiction is instituted of which the Supreme Court is the highest instance.
The judicial power is exercised in Chad by the Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeal, the Tribunals and the Justices of the Peace.
It is the guardian of the freedoms and of individual property and sees to the respect of the fundamental rights.
Justice is rendered in the name of the Chadian people.
The President of the Republic is the guarantor of the independence of the Magistrature.
He sees to the execution of the laws and of the decisions of Justice.
He is assisted by the Superior Council of the Magistrature.
The President of the Republic presides over the Superior Council of the Magistrature. The Minister of Justice is[,] of right[,] the First Vice President of it.
The President of the Supreme Court is the second Vice President of it.
The other members of the Superior Council of the Magistrature are elected by their peers within the conditions established by the law.
The Superior Council of the Magistrature proposes the appointments and the promotions of the magistrates.
The magistrates are appointed by decree of President of the Republic after the conforming opinion of the Superior Council of the Magistrature.
They are revoked under the same conditions.
The discipline and the responsibility of the magistrates at all levels belongs to the Superior Council of the Magistrature.
In disciplinary matters, the presidency of the Superior Council of the Magistrature is assured by the President of the Supreme Court.
The presiding magistrates are only subject in the exercise of their functions to the authority of the law.
They are irremovable.
The other rules of organization, of functioning as well as the regime of incompatibilities are established by a law.
Chapter I. Of the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court is the highest jurisdiction of Chad in judicial, [and administrative matters and [in matters] of accounts.
It equally takes cognizance of disputes [concerning] local elections.
It is composed of three chambers:
- a judicial chamber;
- an administrative chamber;
- a chamber of accounts.
The Supreme Court is composed of sixteen (16) members having one (1) President and fifteen (15) Councilors.
The President of the Supreme Court is chosen from among the high magistrates of the judicial order.
He is appointed by decree of the President of the Republic after the opinion of the President of the National Assembly.
The other members are designated in the following fashion:
- eight (8) selected from among senior judges from the judiciary, including:
- four (4) by the President of the Republic;
- four (4) by the President of the National Assembly;
- seven (7) chosen from among the specialists of Administrative Law, Budgetary Law and of Public Accounting, of which:
- four (4) by the President of the Republic;
- three (3) by the President of the National Assembly;
The attributions and the other rules of organization and of functioning as well as the procedure followed before the Supreme Court are determined by an organic law.
The members of the Supreme Court are irremovable. They remain in [their] function until their admission to retirement, except [in the] case of condemnation for misdemeanors and crimes, of resignation or of definitive impediment.
Before entering into [their] function, the non-Magistrate members of the Supreme Court make an oath in these terms:
I swear to well and faithfully fulfill my functions, to exercise them in all impartiality in respect for the laws and to protect the secrecy of the deliberations."
Chapter II. Of the Customary and Traditional Rules
Until their codification, the customary and traditional rules are only applicable in the communities where they are recognized.
However, the customs contrary to the public order or those that promote inequality between citizens are prohibited.
The customary and traditional rules governing the matrimonial regimes and inheritance may only be applicable with the consent of the parties concerned.
In default of consent, the national law alone is applicable.
It is the same in case of conflict between two  or more customary rules.
The customary and traditional remedies may not be made an obstacle to public action.
Title VII. Of the Constitutional Council
A Constitutional Council is instituted.
The Constitutional Council is composed of nine (9) members including three (3) magistrates and six (6) jurists of high level appointed in the following manner:
- two (2) magistrates and three (3) jurists by the President of the Republic;
- one (1) magistrate and three (3) jurists by the President of the National Assembly;
The mandate of a member of the Constitutional Council is of nine (9) year non-renewable.
The Constitutional Council is renewed by thirds (1/3) every three (3) years.
The members of the Constitutional Council are irremovable for the duration of their mandate, except in cases of condemnation for misdemeanors and crimes, of resignation or of definitive impediment.
The members of the Constitutional Council must be of a recognized professional competence, of good morals and of grand probity.
The Constitutional Council is the judge of the constitutionality of the laws, of the treaties and international agreements.
It takes cognizance of the disputes [concerning] the presidential [and] legislative elections.
It sees to the regularity of the operations of the referendum and proclaims the results of it.
It decides obligatorily on the constitutionality of the organic laws before their promulgation[,] and of the Internal Regulations of the National Assembly before their implementation.
It receives the oath of the elected President of the Republic.
The Constitutional Council is the regulatory organ of the functioning of the institutions and of the activity of the public powers.
It rules [on] the conflicts of attribution between the institutions of the State.
The functions of member of the Constitutional Council are incompatible with the character of member of the Government, the exercise of any elective mandate, of any public employment and of any other lucrative activity.
The President of the Constitutional Council is elected by his peers for a period of three years renewable.
Before entering into [their] functions, members of the Constitutional Council take the following oath:
"I swear to faithfully fulfill the duties of my office, in strict respect for its obligations of neutrality and of reserve, to see to respect for the Constitution and to conduct myself with dignity and loyalty in the accomplishment of my mission."
The Constitutional Council, at the demand of the President of the Republic, of the Prime Minister, of the President of the National Assembly or of at least one-tenth [1/10] of the members of the National Assembly, decides on the constitutionality of a law before its promulgation.
Any citizen can raise the pleadings of unconstitutionality before a jurisdiction in a matter which concerns them.
In this case, the jurisdiction suspends its decision and refers [the matter] to the Constitutional Council, which must make a decision within a maximum time period of forty-five (45) days.
The Constitutional Council, referred to [the matter] of a text, decides within fifteen (15) days.
However, at the demand of the Government, and in case of urgency, this time period is reduced to eight  days. In this case, the referral [of the matter] to the Constitutional Council suspends the time period for promulgation
No text may be promulgated or implemented [concerning] its provisions declared unconstitutional.
The decisions of the Constitutional Council are not susceptible to any recourse.
They are binding on the public powers and on all the administrative, military and jurisdictional authorities.
The other competences, the organization and the functioning of the Constitutional Council as well as the immunities of its members are determined by an organic law.
Title VIII. Of the High Court of Justice
A High Court of Justice is instituted.
The High Court of Justice is composed of fifteen (15) members including:
- ten (10) Deputies;
- two (2) members of the Constitutional Council;
- three (3) members of the Supreme Court.
The members of the High Court of Justice are elected by their respective peers.
The President is elected by the members of the High Court.
The High Court of Justice is competent to judge the President of the Republic and the members of the Government as well as their accomplices in case of high treason.
Any act infringing the republican form, the uniqueness and secularity of the State, the sovereignty, the independence and the integrity of the national territory[,] constitutes a crime of high treason.
The grave and blatant violations of the rights of Man, the misappropriation of public funds, bribery, extortion, drug trafficking and the introduction of toxic or dangerous wastes, for their transit, deposit or storage on the national territory[,] are associated with [assimilés] high treason.
The President is only responsible for acts accomplished in the exercise of his functions in case of high treason.
Outside of the cases of high treason, the members of the Government are criminally responsible for their acts before the jurisdiction of common law.
The impeachment of the President of the Republic and of the members of the Government is voted, in secret ballot, with the majority of two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the National Assembly.
The President of the Republic and the members of the Government are suspended from their functions in case of impeachment.
In case of condemnation, the President of the Republic is removed from his responsibilities and the ministers from their functions by the High Court of Justice.
The High Court of Justice is bound by the definition of crimes and misdemeanors[,] as well as the determination of the resultant penalties[,] of the criminal laws in force at the moment that the acts were committed.
An organic law establishes the rules of functioning as well as the procedure followed before the High Court of Justice
Title IX. Of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council
A consultative Organ denominated the Economic, Social and Cultural Council[,] is instituted.
The Economic, Social and Cultural Council is given the charge of giving its opinion on the questions of economic, social or cultural character brought to its examination by the President of the Republic, the Government or the National Assembly.
It may be consulted on any draft of plan or of program of economic, social or cultural character.
It may equally proceed to the analysis of any problem of economic and social development. It submits its conclusions to the President of the Republic and to the Government.
The Economic, Social and Cultural Council may designate one of its members at the demand of President of the Republic, of the Government or of the National Assembly, to present before these Organs the opinion of the Council on the questions that have been submitted to it.
An organic law establishes the composition, the organization and the functioning of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council.
Title X. Of the High Council of Communication
A High Council of Communication is instituted.
The High Council of Communication is an independent administrative authority.
The High Council of Communication is composed of nine (9) members appointed by Decree of President of the Republic.
They are appointed in the following manner:
- two (2) notable persons [personnalités] by the President of the Republic;
- two (2) notable persons by the President of the National Assembly;
- three (3) professionals in audiovisual Communication and the written press designated by their peers;
- one magistrate appointed by the President of the Supreme Court;
- one notable persons of the world of culture, of the arts and letters[,] designated by his peers.
The High Council of Communication elects its Bureau from among its members.
The High Council of Communication:
- sees to the respect of the rules of ethics [déontologie] in matters of information and of communication;
- guarantees the freedom of the press and the pluralistic expression of opinions;
- regulates the relations of communication between the public powers, the organs of information and the public;
- assures to the political parties the equal access to the public media;
- guarantees to the associations the equitable access to the public media;
- gives technical advice, [and] recommendations on the questions touching the domain of information.
The other attributions, the organization and the functioning of the High Council of Communication are specified by the law.
Title XI. Of National Defense and of Security
The National Defense and Security are assured by the Armed Forces and [Forces] of Security.
The Armed Forces and [Forces] of Security are composed of:
- the National Army;
- the National Gendarmerie;
- the National Police;
- the National and Nomadic Guard.
The Armed Forces and the [Forces] of Security are at the service of the Nation.
They are submitted to the republican legality.
They are subordinated to the civil power.
The Armed Forces and the [Forces] of Security are apolitical.
No one may use them to individual ends.
The National Defense is assured by the National Army and the National Gendarmerie.
The maintenance of the public order and of security is assured by the National Police, the National and Nomadic Guard and the National Gendarmerie.
Chapter I. Of the National Army of Chad
The National Army of Chad has for its mission to defend the territorial integrity, the national unity, to guarantee the national independence and the security of the country against any external aggression or threat .
The National Army of Chad participates in tasks of economic and social development as well as in humanitarian operations.
Missions not provided for by this Constitution are defined by the law.
Chapter II. Of the National Gendarmerie
The National Gendarmerie has for its mission:
- to assure the protection of persons and of assets;
- to assure the maintenance and the reestablishment of the public order;
- to assure respect for the laws and regulations.
The National Gendarmerie executes the tasks of Judicial Police and of Administrative Police. Its action is exercised on the whole of the national territory within respect for the freedoms and of the rights of Man.
Chapter III. Of the National Police
The National Police has for its missions:
- to see to the security of the State;
- to assure the maintenance and the reestablishment of the public order;
- to see to the security and to the protection of persons and of assets;
- to see to the [public] tranquility and to the public health ;
- to assure respect for the laws and regulations.
The action of the National Police action is exercised on the whole of the national territory within respect for the freedoms and of the rights of Man.
Chapter IV. Of the National and Nomadic Guard
The National and Nomadic Guard has for its missions:
- the protection of the political and administrative authorities;
- the protection of public edifices;
- the maintenance of order in the rural and nomadic milieu;
- the guarding and the surveillance of jails [maisons d'arrÍt].
The action of the National and Nomadic Guard is exercised on the whole of the national territory within respect for the freedoms and of the rights of Man.
The organization, the functioning, [and] the other missions and attributions of the National Army, of the National Gendarmerie, of the National Police and of the National and Nomadic Guard[,] are established by the Law.
Title XII. Of the Decentralized Territorial Collectivities
The Decentralized Territorial Collectivities of the Republic of Chad are:
- the rural communities [communautés];
- the communes;
- the departments;
- the regions.
The Decentralized Territorial Collectivities are endowed with juridical personality.
Their administrative, financial, patrimonial, [and] economic autonomy is guaranteed by the Constitution.
The Decentralized Territorial Collectivities administer themselves freely by elected Assemblies which govern by their deliberations the matters which are devolved to them by the Constitution and by the law.
The deliberations of the local Assemblies are executory of plain right on their publication.
However, they may not be contrary to the constitutional, legislative and regulatory provisions.
The members of the local Assemblies are elected by universal direct suffrage for a mandate of six years renewable.
The local Assemblies elect[,] from within themselves[,] executive organs for a mandate of three years renewable.
The executive organs are responsible before the local Assemblies.
The State assures the protection of the Decentralized Territorial Collectivities. It is represented before them by the heads of deconcentrated administrative units given the charge of defending the national interests and of having the laws and regulations respected.
The State sees to the harmonious development of all the Decentralized Territorial Collectivities on the basis of national solidarity, of regional potential and of inter-regional equilibrium.
The Decentralized Territorial Collectivities assure within the limits of their territorial resort and with the concurrence of the State:
- the public security;
- the administration and the management of the territory;
- the economic, social, health , cultural and scientific development;
- the protection of the environment.
The law determines the division of the competences in consideration of the local and national interests.
The Decentralized Territorial Collectivities vote and administer [gèrent] their budgets.
The resources of the Decentralized Territorial Collectivities are constituted notably by:
- the revenues of the imposts and taxes voted by the Assemblies of the Decentralized Territorial Collectivities and collected directly by them;
- the part that reverts to them[,] of right[,] from the revenues of imposts and taxes collected to the profit of the budget of the State;
- the revenues of the endowments and the subsidies attributed by the State;
- the revenues of the loans contracted by the Decentralized Territorial Collectivities, either on the internal market, or on the external market after the agreement of the national monetary authorities, with or without guaranty of the State;
- the gifts and bequests;
- the revenues of their patrimony;
- the percentage on the revenues of the resources of the soil and of the sub-soil exploited on their territory.
The rules relative to the juridical status, to the organization, to the functioning and to the attributions of the Decentralized Territorial Collectivities as well as their relations with the central power are established by an organic law.
Title XIII. Of the Traditional and Customary Authorities
The traditional and customary authorities are the guarantors of use and custom.
The concur in the grouping of the populations and support the action of the Decentralized Territorial Collectivities.
They are the collaborators of the administration within respect for the freedoms and of the rights of Man.
An organic law determines their status and attributions.
Title XIV. Of Cooperation, of the Treaties and International Agreements
The Republic of Chad may conclude with other States agreements of cooperation or of association on the basis of the principles of equality, of mutual respect of sovereignty, of territorial integrity, of reciprocal benefits and of national dignity.
It may create with the States organs of common management, of coordination and of cooperation within the economic, monetary, financial, scientific, technical, military and cultural domains.
The President of the Republic negotiates and ratifies the treaties. He is informed of any negotiation tending to the conclusion of an international agreement not submitted to ratification.
The peace treaties, the defense treaties, the treaties of commerce, the treaties relative to the use of the national territory or to the exploitation of the natural resources, the agreements relative to international organization, those which engage the finances of the State or those which are relative to the status [état] of persons, may only be approved or ratified after the authorization of the National Assembly.
The treaties and agreements only take effect after having been approved and ratified.
No cession, no exchange, no addition of territory, is valid without the consent of the People expressed by way of referendum.
If the Constitutional Council, referred to [the matter] by the President of the Republic or by the President of the National Assembly, has declared that an international engagement contains a clause contrary to the Constitution, the authorization of ratification may only intervene after the revision of the Constitution.
The Treaties or Agreements regularly ratified have, on their publication, an authority superior to that of the national laws, under reserve for each Agreement or Treaty of its application by the other party.
Title XV. Of Revision
The initiative of revision belongs concurrently to the President of the Republic, after decision taken in the Council of Ministers, and to the members of the National Assembly.
To be taken into consideration, the bill or the proposal of revision must be voted with the majority of three-fifths (3/5) of the members of the National Assembly.
The revision of the Constitution is approved by referendum or by the vote of the majority of two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the National Assembly.
No procedure of revision may be engaged or pursued when it infringes:
- the integrity of the territory, the independence, or the national unity;
- the republican form of the State, the principle of the separation of powers and secularity;
- the freedoms and fundamental rights of the citizen;
- the policy [of] pluralism.
No procedure of revision may be engaged when the President of the Republic exercises the exceptional powers or when the Interim President exercises the functions of President of the Republic in accordance with the provisions of Articles 87 and 76 of this Constitution.
Title XVI. Of Final Provisions
This Constitution is adopted by referendum. It enters into force on its promulgation by the President of the Republic within the eight (8) days following the proclamation of the result of the referendum by the Constitutional Council.