In Fort Lamy, on Thursday (12 October), a military parade marked the handing over of command of Chad's armed forces to a new commander.
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SV Colour party march onto parade ground
SV President greeted by outgoing commander
CU Camp commander saluting
CU Incoming commander
CU & SV outgoing Commander and President take salute (4 shots)
SV President reviews troops and shakes hands with new commander (3 shots)
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Background: In Fort Lamy, on Thursday (12 October), a military parade marked the handing over of command of Chad's armed forces to a new commander.
The outgoing Army Commander, Colonel Malloum Felix, was given a farewell by Chad's Head of State, President Francois Tombalbaye.
In an impressive ceremony, the President also welcomed the new Army chief, Colonel Odengar.
SYNOPSIS: Camp Koufra, the military camp at Fort Lamy, the capital of Chad. It was here that last Thursday an impressive ceremony marked the handing over of command of the country's armed forces.
Chad's President Francois Tombalbaye, was met by the outgoing commander, Colonel Malloum Felix. The Chad Army's new chief is Colonel Odengar.
The appointment of a new commander for Chad's Army, comes little more than a month after the announcement that all French advisers had been withdrawn from the ranks of Chad's combat troops. The announcement was made at the end of August, by the commander of French forces in the Republic, General Cortadelles.
The appointment of the new commander, also comes as Chad is enjoying better relations with one of its neighbours, Libya. The two countries resumed diplomatic relations early in April after a seven-month break. Chad, however, still has trouble in its northern regions where nomadic Arab tribesmen continue to harass Government troops.