Posted on December 1, 2014
The current president of the nation of Chad, Idriss Deby, was born the son of a herder. He joined his nation's armed forces and was trained as a pilot. When Chad's government crumbled, he joined forces with a man named Hissene Habre. Deby helped Habre defeat all of his rivals and take control of Chad in 1982.
Habre made Deby the commander-in-chief of the armed forces in return for his loyalty.
However, it is in the nature of people who live by force to be suspicious of others who live by force, and in 1989 Habre decided that Deby was preparing to grab control of Chad for himself.
In response to this accusation, Deby fled to Libya...and then began preparations to grab control of Chad for himself!
On this date in 1990, Deby and his forces succeeded in overthrowing Habre. Deby has been president ever since – for 24 years!
In addition to this history of leaders coming to power through violence and military might rather than through peaceful, democratic elections, you should know that Chad is considered THE most corrupt nation in the world.
So...calling today's historical anniversary “Freedom and Democracy Day” would be laughable...if it weren't so sad!
But...like every other nation in the world, Chad has its beauties:
- Lake Chad
- Rugged mountain-scapes and desert-scapes
- The Chadian people
To learn more about Chad, check out this earlier post.
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