WE Online, Ndjamena, Chad –
Chadian President Idriss Deby died while visiting Chadian military forces on the front lines. The president who served for 30 years died at the age of 68.
“The president of the republic, the head of state, commander-in-chief of the army, Idriss Deby Itno, has just breathed his last while defending the nation’s integrity on the battlefield,” said military spokesman Azem Bermandoa Agouna in a televised statement reported on the Aljazirah website, Wednesday (21 / 4/2021).
The Chadian armed forces shocked the country by announcing that Deby had died from the wounds she had sustained during the week. Last week, he led troops on the front line against rebels advancing from the north towards the capital, N’Djamena.
Members of the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), a Libyan-based rebel group made up mostly of military dissidents, crossed the northern border from Libya and into Chad last week.
The latest uprising began on election day on April 11. Deby is seeking a controversial sixth term in a vote boycotted by the main opposition parties.
His 37-year-old son, four-star General Mahamat Idriss Deby, will now chair a transitional military council for 18 months before new elections are held. Deby left his wife Hinda Deby Itno, whom he married in 2005, along with their children, as well as children from previous marriages.
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