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Chad Authorities Arrest Opposition Lawmaker After Coup Attempt

Thursday, 02 May 2013 05:02 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya — Chadian authorities arrested opposition lawmaker Saleh Maki and “several” civilians and military personnel Thhursday after stopping a coup attempt, government spokesman Hassan Sylla Bakari said.

The suspects had been planning the overthrow for four months prior to their arrests, Bakari said on national television in the capital, N’Djamena.

“An attempt to destabilize the state was foiled,” Bakari said. “A group of intruders wanted to undermine the institutions of state.”

Chad, which produces 114,000 barrels of oil a day and has a $9.49 billion economy, has been ruled by President Idriss Deby since he seized power in a coup in December 1990.

In 2008, 270 people were killed during fighting between government forces and rebel fighters who entered N’Djamena in an attempt to overthrow Deby, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres, the Geneva-based medical charity.

Deby, who turns 61 this year, also survived another attack on his rule when army defectors tried to shoot down his aircraft while he was returning from a trip abroad in 2006.

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