Chad PM resigns, successor appointed: radio

Updated 21 January 2013

Chad PM resigns, successor appointed: radio

N’DJAMENA: Chadian President Idriss Deby on Monday appointed chief of staff Djimrangar Dadnadji as the country’s new prime minister following the resignation of Emmanuel Nadingar, state radio announced.
“I have the honor to hand in... my resignation as prime minister, head of government, three years after you appointed me in this post. Today I have come to the end of my mission,” Nadingar wrote in a resignation letter read out on the radio.
The radio also announced Dadnadji as his successor.
Nadingar, in office since March 2010, was re-appointed following disputed April 2011 re-election of Deby, who has held power since 1990.
Government reshuffles are a frequent occurrence in the landlocked African desert nation run with an iron fist by Deby, and premiers rarely last more than two or three years.


Explosion as fire breaks out at Iranian industrial complex

Updated 5 min 2 sec ago

Explosion as fire breaks out at Iranian industrial complex

  • Six storage tanks had caught fire, including the one that exploded, an Iranian official said

Iranian police are investigating after a fire broke out at an industrial complex in northeast Iran where gas condensate storage tanks are sited, one of which exploded, the Mehr news agency reported on Monday.
Javad Jahandoust, the fire chief at the Kavian Fariman industrial complex, some 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of the city of Mashhad, was quoted as saying six storage tanks had caught fire, including the one that exploded.
He said the fire was under control and there were no casualties, but police were investigating the cause.
There have been several explosions and fires around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities since late June.
On Sunday, the official IRNA news agency reported a fire at a petrochemical facility in southwest Iran, which was blamed on an oil leak. There were no casualties.