Chad could become a federal state if proposed constitutional reforms are introduced, BBC Afrique reports.
Chad is currently a unitary state, but President Idriss Deby ordered a commission to move quickly towards implementing reforms that will introduce a new form of government.
A coalition of political parties under the leadership of Chad’s veteran opposition leader Ngarledji Yorongar has long been vocal in demanding a federal system.
He has argued that Chad, which is a geographically vast country, cannot be governed from the capital, N’Djamena, alone.
But the commission in charge of pushing through the reforms has not given a role to any known opposition figure.
The reforms will re-introduce presidential term limits which were removed by Mr Deby in a previous constitutional amendment.