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Introduction: Chad, part of France's African holdings until 1960, endured three decades of civil warfare as well as invasions by Libya before a semblance of peace was finally restored in 1990. The government eventually drafted a democratic constitution and held flawed presidential elections in 1996 and 2001. In 1998, a rebellion broke out in northern Chad, which has sporadically flared up despite several peace agreements between the government and the rebels. In 2005, new rebel groups emerged in western Sudan and made probing attacks into eastern Chad despite signing peace agreements in December 2006 and October 2007. Power remains in the hands of an...
People: There are more than 200 ethnic groups in Chad. Those in the north and center are generally Muslim; most southerners are Christians or animists. About 80% of the Chadian population is rural. There are over 250,000 refugees near the eastern border from the Sudanese conflict in Darfur; more than 60,000 Central African Republic refugees in the south; and approximately 130,000 internally displaced ...
International Relations: After two and a half decades of tension related to the border dispute and to Libyan support for Chadian dissidents, relations with the Libyan regime have improved since the late 1990s. Chad was a founding member of the Libyan backed organisation COMESSA (now called CENSAD) formed in 1997. Chad's relations with its neighbour to the South, the Central African Republic, have improved since General (now President) Bozize took power in Bangui in 2003, using Chad as a rear base.
Relations with Sudan are complex. Frequent agreements not to support rebels in each others’ countries have not held. The result is ongoing rebel ...
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