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Ex-Chad PM arrested over fraud

N DJAMENA: A Chadian minister, who served as the country s premier from 2013-16 was arrested on Sunday over fraud allegations, a police spokesman told AFP. Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet was detained following a complaint from the state inspectorate general for fraud, the spokesman said. Currently secretary-general of the presidency, his post involves coordinating government action. As well as the premiership, he has also held a number of ministerial positions. Chad President Idriss Deby Itno, who has governed the poor, oil-rich state since 1990, last year vowed to crack down on entrenched graft. The landlocked country has a history of political violence and corruption. It was ranked 165th out of 180 countries in Transparency International s 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index.

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