World Chad rebels 'fleeing', says defence minister
Chad junta names interim prime minister a week after Deby's death
Chad's new military junta on Monday named a transitional prime minister, appointing a distant runner-up in presidential polls a week after veteran leader Idriss Deby Itno died fighting rebels. "We should have had a civilian president first, followed by the appointment of a civilian prime minister," said Succes Masra, head of The Transformers opposition movement. © Patricio ARANA Map of Chad His organisation called for Chadians to "come out en masse" on Tuesday to demand the TMC step down and to protest at France's 'negative interference" in Chad.
Rebels who launched an offensive in northern Chad, sparking clashes that claimed the life of veteran president Idriss Deby Itno, are in flight, the country's new defence minister said on Thursday.
"The security forces are thoroughly sweeping the operational area. Most of the prisoners are in the hands of the gendarmerie (police) and are being well-treated. The enemy is fleeing," Defence Minister Brahim Daoud Yaya told a news conference.
"We are never going to dialogue with terrorists."
Chadian rebels claim they have shot down military helicopter
N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Rebels seeking to overthrow Chad's new transitional government claimed Thursday to have shot down a military helicopter, while the junta in power warned political opponents not to renew protests after violent demonstrations earlier in the week left at least six people dead. The Chadian government has said that the rebels blamed for killing President Idriss Deby Itno last week have retreated across the border to neighboring Niger. However, in a statement released Thursday, the rebel group claimed it controls the Chadian town of Nokou, located more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of the capital.
He was speaking after the first meeting of a transitional government appointed by a 14-member military junta, the Transitional Military Council (TMC), that took office after Deby's death on April 19.
Opposition supporters, meanwhile, called for fresh anti-junta protests on Saturday.
Demonstrations on April 29 that were violently repressed by the authorities claimed six lives, according to the authorities, and nine according to a local grass-roots organisation, while more than 600 people were arrested.
The Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), a large armed group with a rear base in Libya, mounted an offensive on April 11 as the country was to hold presidential elections.
Deby, a former general who had been in power for 30 years, led the fighting against the insurgents.
Fresh fighting between Chad rebels, government forces
Government troops and rebels clashed on Thursday in a region of western Chad where president Idriss Deby Itno was killed last week, a spokesman said. "Fighting is continuing in Kanem -- we are going to have continue to fight, otherwise they will destabilise us," General Azem Bermandoa Agouna, spokesman of the military junta which took power after Deby's death, told AFP. The so-called Military Transition Council (CMT) is headed by Deby's son,"Fighting is continuing in Kanem -- we are going to have continue to fight, otherwise they will destabilise us," General Azem Bermandoa Agouna, spokesman of the military junta which took power after Deby's death, told AFP.
According to the authorities, he died from combat injuries in the Kanem desert region, about 300 kilometres (200 miles) north of the capital N'Djamena, close to the border with Niger.
"Libya is the terrorists' stronghold," the minister said.
He added, however: "I cannot accuse Libya of supporting the terrorists, as there is no state in Libya."
Deby's death occurred on the same day that he was declared victor in the presidential results and that the army claimed to have killed 300 FACT rebels, according to official announcements.
Another 246 rebels have been captured and handed over to the judicial authorities, according to the authorities.
Fighting has been continuing in the area of Nokou, in the administrative region of North Kanem.
Last week, a Chadian military helicopter crashed there after what the army said was a breakdown, while FACT said it had downed the aircraft.
A junta took power immediately after Deby's shock death, headed by his 37-year-old son Mahamat, a four-star general, and parliament was suspended.
The military rulers have vowed to hold "free and democratic" elections following an 18-month transition period.
On Sunday, the junta unveiled a 40-member transitional government, the key posts of which have gone to members of the former president's MPS party.
According to a report on Thursday's first ministerial meeting, a copy of which was seen by AFP, Deby "instructed the government to urgently strengthen communal living, which has been seriously tested, to consolidate peace, ensure security and guarantee security."
He also called for the holding of an "inclusive national dialogue."
Vaccine deserts: Some countries have no COVID-19 jabs at all .
N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — At the small hospital where Dr. Oumaima Djarma works in Chad's capital, there are no debates over which coronavirus vaccine is the best. There are simply no vaccines at all. Not even for the doctors and nurses like her, who care for COVID-19 patients in Chad, one of the least-developed nations in the world where about one third of the country is engulfed by the Sahara desert. “I find it unfair and unjust, and it is something that saddens me,” the 33-year-old infectious diseases doctor says. “I don’t even have that choice. The first vaccine that comes along that has authorization, I will take it.