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Chad Frees 250 Rebels Ahead Of Talks

The transitional authorities in Chad have released from prison the first of some 250 members of armed groups they’d promised to set free under an amnesty.

Chad’s Justice Minister Ahmat Mahamat Alhabo led a short ceremony at a prison near the capital where 22 detainees who had been convicted of taking up arms against the government were released.

Rebel groups have been invited to join national peace-building talks which are due to start next month.

One of those officially pardoned, Samedi Torde Tanel, thanked those who made it possible, and said he hoped others could benefit from such a gesture in the future.

The amnesty was proposed following President Idriss Déby’s death at the battlefront last April.

Chad’s transitional military council is led by his son, Mahamat Idriss Déby.

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