President Francois Tombalbaye formally began his second seven-year term as Chad's head-of state last Friday (11 July) in a ceremony in Fort Lamy.
PARTY HEADQUARTERS: MINISTER OF JUSTICE: AUDIENCE; MEMBERS OF JUDICIARY; PRESIDENT TAKING OATH; PRESIDENT SPEAKS; OFFICIALS AND GUESTS AT RECEPTION.
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Background: President Francois Tombalbaye formally began his second seven-year term as Chad's head-of state last Friday (11 July) in a ceremony in Fort Lamy. He was re-elected President last month and has held the office since Chad achieved independence from France in 1960.
The President was introduced by the Minister of Justice, M. Joseph Brahim Seid. There were many members of Chad's judiciary at the ceremony which was held at the Fort Lamy headquarters of the official Progressive Party (P.P.T).
President Tombalbaye took the oath of office in which he swore to respect and defend the Constitution.
In his address, President Tombalbaye promised to observe the Constitution and respect the rights of the people of Chad. he also spoke of the role of youth and workers in all fields in achieving Chad's future goals. The President said also that Chad must consolidate her place in the world and work to develop friendly relations with others in order to achieve international solidarity.
The President addressed himself to the members of the diplomatic crops who were present, saying he hoped for continued peaceful collaboration and cooperation in the international field.
He ended his address by urging his countrymen to "have confidence".
The ceremony was followed by a reception attended by the President, government officials and invited guests.
The 51-year-old President was the only candidate in last month's elections. Official results announced that 93 per cent of the electorate of 1,597,667 voted for the President. The others abstained or their votes were invalid.