Félix Malloum

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Félix Malloum
فليكس معلوم
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2nd President of Chad
In office
April 15, 1975 March 23, 1979
Vice President Mamari Djime Ngakinar
Hissène Habré
Preceded by Noël Milarew Odingar
Succeeded by Goukouni Oueddei
Personal details
Born September 10, 1932
Fort Archambault, Chad
Died June 12, 2009(2009-06-12) (aged 76)
Paris, France
Military service
Allegiance France
Service/branch French Army
Chadian Army
Years of service 1951 - 1960 (France)
1960 - 1979 (Chad)
Rank Brigadier General
Battles/wars First Indochina War

Félix Malloum or Félix Malloum Ngakoutou Bey-Ndi (Arabic : فليكس معلومFiliks Mʿalūm; September 10, 1932 June 12, 2009) was a Chadian politician. He attended the French military academy and saw action in Indochina and Algeria. He later served as an officer in the Chadian Military and a member of the ruling Chadian Progressive Party (PPT). In 1971, he became the Chief of General Staff with the rank of colonel and named Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces in 1972. In July 1973, he was arrested and imprisoned by President François Tombalbaye on charges of conspiring against the government, but was released after a successful coup-d'etat on April 13, 1975. He served as both President and Prime Minister of Chad until August 29, 1978, when Hissène Habré was appointed Prime Minister to integrate armed northern rebels into the government. However, he was unsuccessful and resigned from the presidency on March 23, 1979 [1] after signing the Kano Peace Agreement which allowed the rebels to form a provisional government. [2]

Chad Country in central Africa

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Malloum retired from politics and settled in Nigeria. He returned to the Chadian capital N'Djamena on May 31, 2002, after 23 years in exile. Upon his return he was entitled to the various benefits allowed to former presidents; these benefits included a monthly stipend of 3,000,000 CFA francs, a residence, and coverage of his health expenses, along with two vehicles and a driver. [3]

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NDjamena Place in N’Djamena, Chad

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Exile event by which a person is forced away from home

To be in exile means to be away from one's home, while either being explicitly refused permission to return or being threatened with imprisonment or death upon return.

Malloum died from cardiac arrest aged 76 on June 12, 2009 at the American Hospital in Paris, France. [4] [5]

Cardiac arrest sudden stop in effective blood flow due to the failure of the heart to contract effectively

Cardiac arrest is a sudden loss of blood flow resulting from the failure of the heart to effectively pump. Symptoms include loss of consciousness and abnormal or absent breathing. Some individuals may experience chest pain, shortness of breath, or nausea before cardiac arrest. If not treated within minutes, it typically leads to death.

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  2. M. Lentz, Harris (4 February 2014). Heads of States and Governments Since 1945. Routledge. pp. 155–156. ISBN   9781134264902.
  3. "Félix Malloum: Retour à N'Djamena de l'ancien président tchadien" Archived 2006-10-04 at the Wayback Machine ., Afrique Express, N° 251, June 18, 2002 (in French)
  4. Décès de l'ex-président Félix Malloum, Jeune Afrique , June 13, 2009 (in French)
  5. "Chadians pay last respect to late ex-president Malloum" . Retrieved 27 October 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Noël Milarew Odingar
Head of State of Chad
Succeeded by
Goukouni Oueddei