President Ngarta Tombalbaya of Chad on Sunday formally inaugurated the National Mayament for Cultural and Social Revolution (M.
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Background: President Ngarta Tombalbaya of Chad on Sunday formally inaugurated the National Mayament for Cultural and Social Revolution (M.N.R.C.S.), a new political organization to replace the Progressive Party of Chad.
Among other things, President Tombalbaya has called for the "Africanisation" of Western names, including first names of peoples, and the names of buildings, streets and towns. President Tombalbaya himself has changed his first from francis to Ngarta, and the capital fort-Lamy is now named Ndjamena. The only allowed exceptions will be the names of charles do Gaulle and Felix Eboue, a former governor of Chad.
A statement issued in Ndjamena said the decision to dissolve the Chad Progressive Party -- taken on 7 July this year was a popular mops. It said the Party which had led Chad to independence people who upset its aims. It had became incapable of adapting to the modern evolutionary needs of Chad.
President Tombalbaya proposed the creation of a new political organization for Chad, with a programma of "national renewal" in politics, and in economic, cultural and social matters. He said ita aim was to bring about national unity.
As well as the Africanisation names, the new organization proposed major changes in the country's administrative structures. President Tombalbaya said Chad's present administrator was run on colonial rules and took no account of economic and social realities.