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Population: 13.21 mn.
GDP: $15.8 bn.
Debt: $2.22 bn.

Despite unease about governance and human rights, taking the lead against regional jihadists allows Idriss Déby Itno a high degree of diplomatic support from France and the United States. He will run again in 2016's elections, saying he wants to finish the job.

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    Vol 56 No 10 |
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Winning battles, losing wars

Chad has won friends by taking the war to Boko Haram but seems unable to conquer its domestic demons

President Idriss Déby Itno made many regional leaders jealous when his army managed what none of the others could do – to rout the Islamist militia Boko Haram in a series of battle...

    Vol 56 No 10 |
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Forgiveness, its own reward

President Idriss Déby Itno may have his own reasons for going to war with the jihadists, but he expected to be rewarded and it came to pass. In March, French Foreign Minister Laure...

How not to refill a lake

The Sahel’s only major body of water has shrunk to a fraction of its former size but one plan to save the lake is fraught with controversy

Lake Chad once sustained a large population through irrigation and fishing in Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Nigeria. Now, just a tenth of its former size, it is only a small lake strad...

    Vol 54 No 11 |
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Déby’s enemies crowd in

After sending troops to Mali and trying to broker peace in CAR, the President faces destabilising enemies at home and severe economic challenges

Recently, Idriss Déby Itno has spent more time in the international spotlight than at any time in his presidential career. Widely praised for a major military commitment in Mali ag...

    Vol 54 No 11 |
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How to read the ‘conspiracy’

Despite a wealth of knowledge about those named, no one has been able to work out if the men arrested on 1 May were genuinely conspiring to mount a coup d’état or if President Idri...

CNPC suspended

Caught by a surprise inspection, the Chinese company that has worked in the Bongor Basin since 2007 faces huge financial and reputational losses

Chad has frozen the activities of China National Petroleum Corporation after inspectors found the company was dumping waste oil in holes dug in the ground in the Bongor Basin. If t...

    Vol 53 No 10 |
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New financiers, new disputes

After falling out with the World Bank, President Déby wants to boost his political popularity with cheap fuel but China is arguing over the bill

President Idriss Déby Itno is using his country’s significant oil resources to work in his favour and it seems to be paying off. For the first time, locally refined fuel is availab...

Habre hangs on

Macky Sall’s election as President of Senegal has caused many to wonder if Chad’s ex-President Hissène Habré will still be welcome.

Cementing ambitions

President Idriss Déby Itno inaugurated a new cement factory at Baoré in Mayo-Kebbi on 16 February. Chad’s first cement plant was built by China CAMC Engineering Company, thanks to ...

Refining relations

President Idriss Déby Itno’s government has finally reached an agreement with the Chinese owners of the troubled Djermaya refinery. Discussions between the government, led by Justi...

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