CHAD: Desert Coup

Another Islamic upheaval

Political turmoil spawned by the Islamic revival is not confined to the Middle East. It has also flared in central Africa. In Chad, a desert-poor, sparsely populated (4 million) former French territory, 2 million Muslims who live mostly in the north have long chafed against the central government, which is dominated by black Christians from the south. A sputtering, 14-year-old war between the two sides ebbed last year after President Felix Malloum, a black who seized power in a 1975 coup, appointed a Muslim rebel leader, Hissene Habre, Premier. But...

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