Chad President Claims 'Control' of Country

Rebels supported by Sudan 'forced to flee,' Idriss Deby says
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2008 2:19 PM CST
rench Defence Minister Herve Morin (L) is accompanied by Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno (L) on February 6, 2008 in Ndjamena during an official visit to Chad. Morin, on an unannounced visit to Chad,...   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The president of Chad said today his forces had reclaimed control of the whole nation, the AP reports. "Security forces have repulsed the aggressors. The mercenaries directed by Sudan have been forced to flee," Idriss Deby said in his first public remarks since the uprising began last week. A rebel leader, however, said the coalition had accepted a ceasefire negotiated by Libya.

Deby said the army was in pursuit of the rebels and would “catch them before they enter Sudan," again alleging Khartoum’s support for the insurgency. Aid groups criticized a blockade imposed by the Chadian government since hostilities erupted, saying refugee camps in the East—which house refugees from Darfur as well as displaced Chadians—were running low on food.