In the central African state of Chad, the offices of the President have been destroyed in fighting between rival guerrilla movements.
In the central African state of Chad, the offices of the President have been destroyed in fighting between rival guerrilla movements. Chad's newly-elected President, Mahamat Lol Chaoua, was not in the building at the time. All offices and state apartments in the buildings were ransacked and the main reception room was burnt down in the guerrilla attack.
SYNOPSIS: The Presidential offices were shelled extensively during artillery exchanges between two guerrilla groups -- the People's Armed Forces (FAP) and the Peoples' Movement for the Liberation of Chad (MPLT). The fighting broke out about six weeks after a new Government was formed in Chat at the end of April this year.
The Presidential offices are situated in the capital, N'Djamena -- by far the biggest town in the sparsely populated country. Rival guerrilla groups have posed a threat to the government of Chad over several years. In March this year, Nigeria sent a peace-keeping force to N'Djamena to enforce a cease-fire between rival political factions. Nigeria's intervention led to the formation of a provisional government -- which later asked Nigeria to withdraw its troops. The new Chad Government was established on the thirteenth of April this year, following two rounds of talks between the parties involved in the internal dispute.