The rebels who have taken power in Chad announced an interim Cabinet Wednesday, including holdovers from the ousted regime and a former political prisoner.

Several Chadian ambassadors abroad pledged to support the new leaders.In N'Djamena, there were disclosures of secret prisons where opponents of ousted President Hissene Habre had been held.

Amnesty International, the London-based human rights group, said in March that Habre had direct knowledge of detentions, torture and summary executions of political prisoners. Residents said secret prisons have been located since Habre fled Saturday that had not been known about previously.

Nine bodies reportedly were found at one location and taken to a morgue in the hope they could be identified.

Habre fled N'Djamena following a three-week offensive by the rebel forces of Idriss Deby, whose party named him interim leader of Chad on Tuesday. In a nationally broadcast speech, Deby, 38, said he will implement multiparty democracy in this nation of 5.4 million people.

Members of the interim Cabinet include top aides of Deby, as well as the president of the now-dissolved National Assembly, Jean Alingue, and two holdovers from Habre's Cabinet - Justice Minister Abakar Mallah and Environment Minister Kotiga Guerina.

The new higher education minister, Gali Gata Ngothe, was a political prisoner until Saturday.

Chad's ambassadors at embassies in France, Algeria, Egypt and Sudan pledged loyalty to Deby.

Chad is a former French protectorate. It gained independence in 1960.