Former guerrilla leader Hissene Habre was formally sworn in as President of Chad at the Palais des Congres in the capital of N'Djamena on October 21, four months after his army took control of the shattered city.
GV EXTERIOR People outside Palais des Congres.
SV White-robed President Hissene Habre inside Congress hall, flanked by dignitaries.
SV Magistrate stands at podium.
SVs Habre stands at podium; raising hand in oath of allegiance; officials looks on as Habre takes oath. (4 SHOTS)
GV People in streets, waving.
SV & GV Habre leaves Palais des Congress; drives through streets. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Former guerrilla leader Hissene Habre was formally sworn in as President of Chad at the Palais des Congres in the capital of N'Djamena on October 21, four months after his army took control of the shattered city. The ceremony took place in the bullet-shattered building where Mr. Habre had earlier appealed to his four million countrymen to unite and bring to an end 17 years of civil war. Hissene Habre swept into N'Djamena at the head of his Northern Armed Forces (FAN) last June 7, toppling the provisional government of his former guerrilla comrade, Goukouni Oueddei. The 40-year-old President has asked several countries and international aid organisations to assist Chad in building a secure financial and political future. France, the former colonial power in Chad, the United States, United Nations agencies and foreign charities have provided the economic and food aid which has helped Chad survive during the years of civil war.