Chad government says it foils coup attempt

by Reuters
Thursday, 2 May 2013 00:43 GMT

N'DJAMENA, May 2 (Reuters) - Security forces in Chad foiled a coup against the government of President Idriss Deby that had been in preparation for several months, the West African desert nation's communications minister announced late on Wednesday.

"Today, May 1, a group of individuals with bad intentions sought to carry out an action to destabilise the institutions of the republic," Hassan Sylla Bakary read in a statement broadcast on state-owned television.

The impoverished former French colony has a long history of coups and rebellions, and Deby himself led rebel troops into the capital N'Djamena in 1990 to seize power (Reporting by Madjiasra Nako; Writing by Joe Bavier; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.