The new Head of State in Chad, General Felix Malloum, announced on Friday (30 May) tough measures to rebuild his country's shattered economy.
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Background: The new Head of State in Chad, General Felix Malloum, announced on Friday (30 May) tough measures to rebuild his country's shattered economy.
General Malloum -- who came to power in the wake of the coup which toppled the Tombalbaye regime -- warned his audience of Ministers and civil servants that he would not tolerate corruption in any form.
He announced a four-point plan: to achieve a national reconciliation of all political points of view, to re-establish social justice, to restore his country's sagging morale, and to prop up its economy.
He reminded them that political prisoners had been unconditionally released, and that commissions had been set up to investigate the country's financial situation.
Chad was deeply in debt, he said, and the treasury was empty.
Salaries of Government employees would be fixed according to Chad's financial situation, and all staff would have to be prepared to accept this.
SYNOPSIS: In Chad, the new Head of State, General Felix Malloum, has called his Ministers and civil servants together and outlined his plans for rebuilding the country's economy. He told them they could expect strong action.
General Malloum said he'd fixed four priorities. He wanted people of every political outlook to be reconciled and had already unconditionally released political prisoners. He wanted a measure of social justice, to restore the country's morale, and to rebuild its economy. The Tombalbaye regime, overthrown in a recent coup, left the country heavily in debt, with no means of paying. The situation, he said, was catastrophic, and he meant to do something about it.
General Malloum promised to stamp out corruption among government employees. Staff would be employed on their merits. He promised to encourage education and health services. But, he said, government salaries would have to match the country's financial situation, and staff should be prepared to accept the position.