A large crowd officially estimated at 100,000 -- watched a parade held in N'djamena on June 7 to mark the first anniversary of the coming to power of Hissene Habre.
GV Streets of N'djamena decorated with flags
GV Troops march in parade (5 shots)
SV President Hissene Habre watches and applauds as women march in procession (5 shots)
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Background: A large crowd officially estimated at 100,000 -- watched a parade held in N'djamena on June 7 to mark the first anniversary of the coming to power of Hissene Habre. Up to 10,000 soldiers, and women's and children's groups took part in the parade, watched by President Habre. In a major speech to mark the anniversary, Mr Habre declared a general amnesty for opponents. He also attacked Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, accusing him of seizing Chad's resources and making the country a launch pad for subversion by supporting the forces of former President Goukouni Oueddei. The Organisation of African Unity, (OAU) failed twice last year to hold its summit in Tripoli, Libya, partly due to Libyan refusal to recognise the Habre government, but Chad's new administration has won international recognition, together with pledges of some 300 million US dollars, to put the country back on its feet after 17 years of civil war. As a committed opponent of Colonel Gaddafi, Habre has a warm relationship with the United States, and the Reagan administration recently warned Libya not to interfere in Chad on behalf of Goukouni's forces.