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Vol 42 No 22

Published 9th November 2001


Desert fox

President Déby wants oil, needs friends and fears prosecution

President Idriss Déby's arbitrary rule worries regional allies and foreign investors. There is growing anxiety in the consortium, led by ExxonMobil of the United States, which is building the Doba Basin petroleum project. The World Bank, which has steered the Doba project through opposition from non-governmental organisations from home and abroad, is adamant that the project will go ahead and so, officially, is Exxon.

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