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Cablegate: Chad Chronicle: Nov 3-7

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RR RUEHGI RUEHTRO
DE RUEHNJ #0516 3121123
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 071123Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY NDJAMENA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6563
INFO RUEHYD/AMEMBASSY YAOUNDE 1733
RUEHGI/AMEMBASSY BANGUI 1544
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 2343
RUEHTRO/AMEMBASSY TRIPOLI 0502
RUEHKH/AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM 0522
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 1789
RUEHDS/AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA 1009

UNCLAS NDJAMENA 000516

SIPDIS

PARIS AND LONDON FOR AFRICA WATCHERS, STATE FOR AF, AF/C, AF/EPS,
AND AF/RSA
ADDIS ALSO FOR AU

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV PREF ECON PHUM UN LY CT CD
SUBJECT: CHAD CHRONICLE: NOV 3-7

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1. US ELECTION 2008
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--- "THE WHITE HOUSE PAINTED BLACK" SAID L'OBSERVATEUR NEWSPAPER
ABOUT THE ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA. SEVERAL ARTICLES FOCUSED ON HOW
OBAMA WON THE ELECTION AND THE AMERICAN ELECTORAL SYSTEM. THE
HEADLINE PIECE CONCLUDED "THE DREAM HAS BECOME A REALITY, BARACK
OBAMA, OF MIXED-RACE HERITAGE WITH AN AFRICAN FATHER, BECAME ON
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 04, THE PRESIDENT-ELECT OF THE MOST POWERFUL
NATION IN THE WORLD; AN EVENT CELEBRATED ON ALL THE CONTINENTS,"
THE PAPER ADDED, "WE ALL SUPPORT HIM WITH OUR WISHES AND PRAYERS".

---- IN A MESSAGE PUBLISHED ON NOVEMBER 05, PRESIDENT BEBY OF CHAD
EXPRESSED HIS BEST WISHES AND CONGRATULATIONS TO PRESIDENT ELECT
BARACK OBAMA FOR HIS "BRILLIANT ELECTION." PRESIDENT DEBY SAID THAT
THE ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA REINFORCES THE ADMIRATION THAT HE AND
THE CHADIAN PEOPLE HAVE FOR THE UNITED STATES.

--- LE PROGRES OF NOVEMBER 06 PUBLISHED A FRONT PAGE PHOTO SHOWING
PRESIDENT DEBY SHAKING HANDS WITH THEN SENATOR OBAMA ON HIS VISIT TO
CHAD IN 2006. LE PROGRES OPINED THAT "OBAMA'S ELECTION WILL SERVE
AS AN EXAMPLE TO THE OTHER NATIONS THAT BLOCK PROGRESS BY THEIR
MINORITIES."

--UNIVERSITY STUDENTS PLANNED A LARGE CELBRATORY MARCH TO THE
EMBASSY ON NOVEMBER 5 TO PRESENT A CONGRATULATORY LETTER AND THE
GIFT OF A GOAT, BUT WERE STYMIED BY THE GOVERNMENT'S REFUSAL TO
ISSUE A MARCH PERMIT. BECAUSE THE EMBASSY POSED NO OBJECTIONS TO A
PEACEFUL CELEBRATION, NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE STUDENTS AND THE
MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR HAVE APPARENTLY RESULTED IN PERMISSION
BEING GRANTED FOR A NOVEMBER 8 MARCH. NONTHELESS THE POLICE WILL
KEEP A CAREFUL WATCH ON THE EVENT.

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2. BUSINESS
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---- THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHADIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, SOURAJ
KOULLAMALLAH SAID THAT CHADIAN BUSINESSMEN ARE WELL EQUIPPED THESE
DAYS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHINESE FINANCED REFINERY CONSTRUCTION
PROJECT THAT WILL START IN THREE WEEKS. HE SAID HIS ASSOCIATES ARE
ASSESSING OPPORTUNITIES ARISING FROM THE PROJECT, INCLUDING
TRANSPORTATION OF MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT FROM THE PORT OF DOUALA TO
CHAD, BUILDING CONSTRUCTION CAMPS, AND PROVIDING ANCILLARY SERVICES.


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3. JUSTICE
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--- LE PROGRES OF NOVEMBER 05 REPORTED THAT VICTIMS OF HISSEIN
HABRE'S REGIME EXPECT COMPENSATION FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF CHAD. THE
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY WILL BE EXAMINING THE REQUEST ON NOV. 11. DURING
A PRESS CONFERENCE ORGANIZED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF THE VICTIMS OF
HISSEIN HABRE REGIME, THE PRESIDENT OF THAT ASSOCIATION SAID VICTIMS
ARE WAITING FOR JUSTICE FROM THE GOVERNMENT FOR ALL THEY HAVE
SUFFERED.

NIGRO

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