Chad President Felix Malloum and Prime Minister Hissene Habre handed in their resignation on Friday (23 March) to a provisional State Council.
GV French legionnaires on truck.
SV Nigerian light tank.
GVs Chad infantry with mortars.
GV Motorcade arriving.
GVs Frolinat soldiers in jeep.
GV Armed men standing waiting.
GV Head of provisional State Council Goukouni Ouddei enters building.
MV Prime Minister Hissene Habre at table.
MV Ouddei seated beside Nigerian officers.
GV PAN Around table.
CU Hissene Habre.
MV Three members of State Council.
CU President Felix Mallqum.
MV Habre and Malloum signing agreement.
GVs Council members around table.
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Background: Chad President Felix Malloum and Prime Minister Hissene Habre handed in their resignation on Friday (23 March) to a provisional State Council. The council was set up under an agreement ending the civil war in the Central African country.
SYNOPSIS: In Chad's civil war an estimated five thousand died over the past month alone (February). Several political factions were involved in the power struggle: most notably the Libyan backed Chad National Liberation Front (Frolinat), led by Goukouni Ouddei. The Frolinat opposed the Christian South -- headed by President Malloum. Premier Habre emerged as the third party between the President and the Northern Moslem Ouddei.
Ouddei has now taken over the chair of the provisional State Council.
Premier habre agreed to resign his post under the terms of the cease-fire, and with President Malloum hand over power to the Council. The cease-fire negotiations were initiated by Nigeria.
Apart from a cease-fire, the agreement provides for the demilitarisation of an area 100 kilometres (65 miles) around the capital N'djamena, and the formation of a National Army made up of the forces of all factions in the conflict.
By resigning, President Malloum cleared the way for the Council -- which consists of two members each of the opposing factions -- to draw up a constitution for a Transitional Government of National Unity.
Guerrilla was has been waging for twelve years, but the situation intensified last April when the Frolinat pushed on the capital, and last month, when fighting started between the President's and the Premier's supporters.