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Vol 47 No 9

Published 28th April 2006


Déby hangs on

France and the USA belatedly worry about the rebellion - Khartoum helps foment it

The crisis in Chad has escalated from a parochial dispute about whether a civilianised military politician can extend his tenure into a full-blown regional crisis, also drawing in Beijing, Paris and Washington. President Idriss Déby Itno has won the first round, with French help, by routing the rebel invasion of 9-13 April, killing hundreds of armed oppositionists in the centre of N'djamena. General Déby still looks far from secure.

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