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Chad Turns 60 as President Déby Becomes Field Marshal

60 years of independence for Chad as the president is given the title of Marshal   -  
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60 Years of Independence

60 years ago today on August 11th — just two years after becoming a republic, Chad gained independence from France - former coloniser who many claim has not completely relinquished political control over the nation. A delicate subject that has many Chadians questioning if the event is truly a celebration.

Field Marshal Dérby

As President Idriss Déby is also being awarded the honorary title of Field Marshal today for his efforts against Islamic terrorism in West Africa. Although criticised by some for his political relationships with the West, he has successfully positioned the ethnically-fragmented country as a critical military power in the Sahel region.

My infinite gratitude to the National Assembly for the historic act that consecrates my humble person to the Dignity of Chad Marshal. I dedicate this supreme dignity to my brothers in arms as they deserve the credit for the deeds of arms that are saluted by the people

The young nation, despite being one the largest oil reserve holders in Africa, is ranked by the World Bank as last in the Human Development Index with 40% of its population living below the poverty line.

Much is left to be seen from the young nation that has neither been peaceful nor has it witnessed a smooth transition of power.

60 years of dynamic history, with much potential in view over the next 60 years to come.