Africa Notes: Chad's Third Republic: Strengths, Problems, and Prospects - October 1987
October 30, 1987
By any reasonable standard of comparison or expectation, Chad's Third Republic has been a political success. Proclaimed five years ago by Hissène Habré amidst the rubble of the devastated capital of a fractured state, the Third Republic seemed fated to be no more than another transient episode in Chad's painful history. Although Habré 's regime is marked by numerous deficiencies and its long-term prospects are uncertain, the Third Republic has turned out to be a more effective governmental order than any longtime observer of Chad had a right to expect.