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Vol 38 No 8

Published 11th April 1997


Nimble in Ndjamena

Déby is getting domestic politics under control and is giving his neighbours a hand

Yet another of Africa's military leaders who has swapped khaki for boubou or danshiki, President Idriss Déby Itno has spent the last three months getting domestic politics under control. He has managed to overturn the opposition's parliamentary majority in January's polls. Shoring up his domestic position has helped make him useful to outsiders in the region. But Paris and Washington disagree about Déby: United States' diplomats in Ndjamena were upset by Prime Minister Djimasta Koïbla's visit to Tehran early in March and not at all consoled by French assurances that Chad is a 'supervised' hub for the trade in Chinese weapons.

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