Is stability in Chad at risk? | Inside Story

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    Tensions have been high in Chad since the sudden death of President Idriss Deby nearly two weeks ago.

    Deby’s son was immediately announced as his successor, and a military council set up.

    That move’s rejected by the opposition. And it’s since led to more division

    Civil society groups in Chad are calling for more protests to demand a return to civilian rule.

    Some demonstrators say they want to choose their leader freely, while others accuse France of backing the military council against the will of the people.

    So, can the crisis be contained?

    Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra

    Guests

    Ovigwe Eguegu, geopolitical and security analyst for Afripolitika.

    Noufal Abboud, Executive Director of the Nordic Center for conflict transformation.

    Nathaniel Powell, associate researcher at Lancaster University and author of ‘France’s Wars in Chad: Military Intervention and Decolonization in Africa’.

    Al Jazeera English YouTube Channel

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    Chad, officially known as the Republic of Chad, is a landlocked country in north-central Africa. It is bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon to the south-west, Nigeria to the southwest (at Lake Chad), and Niger to the west.

    The capital N’Djamena is the largest city. Chad’s official languages are Arabic and French. Chad is home to over 200 different ethnic and linguistic groups. Islam (51.8%) and Christianity (44.1%) are the main religions practiced in Chad.

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