Chad's capital N'djamena was the scene of a week's celebrations in observance of the second anniversary of Hissene Habre's taking over the country's Presidency.
SVs Troops marching in parade (3 shots)
SVs President Habre on dais watching parade
SVs Warriors in national costume carrying photographs of Habre in parade (2 shots)
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SVs Habre seated with dignitaries (2 shots)
SVs Civilians in parade (2 shots)
SVs People in costumes and on horseback parading past (3 shots)
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Background: Chad's capital N'djamena was the scene of a week's celebrations in observance of the second anniversary of Hissene Habre's taking over the country's Presidency. The festivities culminated on June 7 with parades and processions watched by the president, ministers and senior military personnel. Troops of the Chadian National Armed Forces (FANT) marched past, followed by civilians in tribal costume. Official sources said the aim of the occasion was to shown the country's recovery and stability -- a veiled reminder that the country has been torn apart by the bitter civil war between Habre and his FANT and the ousted transitional Government of National Unity (GUNT), led by former President Goukouni Oueddei. In a radio address on June 6, Habre called on friendly countries to face up to what he called "Libya's annexation" of Northern Chad. The GUNT is Libyan-backed, and Western sources in N'damjena estimate that 6,000 Libyan troops are with Goukouni Ouddei in the area they control. A push south by the GUNT was halted last summer only by the arrival in Chad of some 3,000 French troops to bolster Hissene Habre's government. Since then, the country has remained split in two. Replying to Habre's radio speech, a senior rebel leader, GUNT vice-president Abdel Kader Kamouge, denied that Libya had annexed the northern regions of Chad, He acknowledged, however, that the Libyan dinar had become legal tender, and Arabic the official language in the GUNT-held areas around the town of Faya Largeau. On the previous day, he confirmed that fresh peace talks were to be held between the rival Chadians in the Congolese capital of Brazzaville.