February 3, 2008 (NDJAMENA) — The Chadian forces loyal to President Idriss Deby have arrested a number of leaders of the civilian opposition in the capital N’djamena, Sudan Tribune has learned.
Following the withdrawal of the rebels from the capital on Sunday evening, soldiers from the Chadian National Army (Armée Nationale Tchadienne) supporting Idriss Deby arrested a number of leaders of the civilian opposition.
Among those arrested on Sunday three names are confirmed: Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh, spokesman of the large oppositional Alliance for the Defense of the Constitution (CPDC), Selh Kebzabo the president of one of the parties members of this coalition and Yorongar, president of the Federalist Party.
No indication has been provided to their relatives on the reasons they have been arrested and the place they will be detained.
Rebel units in a column of 300 vehicles had attacked the capital in their most determined offensive in two years. They fought with government troops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in confused battles outside and inside the city.
Ndjamena was calm late Sunday but the rebels said the opposition forces had only pulled back to the eastern edge of the capital to allow civilians enough time to flee the city before a new offensive.
The Civilian opposition is known for its opposition for anti-military solution to the political crisis in Chad. They call for democratic transition in the country and constitute viable alternative of the politico-military opposition.
In November 1990, before leaving N’Djamena, Hissène Habre organized the systematic killing of people he considered responsible for his defeat against Idriss Deby’s forces.
Source : Sudan Tribune