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Tuesday, 14 December, 1999, 18:20 GMT
New PM for Chad

President Idriss Deby of Chad has appointed a new prime minister, Nagoum Yamassoum.

He replaces the outgoing prime minister, Nassour Ouado, who has resigned after two years in office.

Mr Yamassoum has already formed a government of twenty-six members.

The new prime minister is considered to be a close aide of President Deby.

He has previously served as a minister for education and for culture.

Correspondents say the change of leadership was expected because of a continuing insurgency in the highland Tibesti region of northern Chad, and because of delays in developing the important Doba oil field in the southwest.

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