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Military divisions spell fragile beginnings’
Analysis by Lalla Sy, BBC News

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Military divisions spell fragile beginnings’
Analysis by Lalla Sy, BBC News

Chad’s president was one of Africa’s longest-serving rulers and a close ally of the Western powers, especially France.

The support given to president Idriss Déby – officially aimed at fighting against rebel groups and Islamist militants in West and Central Africa – consisted of intelligence for the Chadian army, aerial surveillance, and even protecting strategic points for the Chadian army.

The presence of a foreign army is never well received by the local population, especially when they are soldiers of the former colonial power.

The idea that France deliberately maintains a certain chaos in the region to defend its interests is believed by many.

But divisions within Chad’s military – who only partially support the new leader while rebels reject him outright – raises fears of instability as a fragile transition gets underway.

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