Chad President, Idriss Deby killed in fight with rebels, Son takes over

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The 68-year-old Chad newly re-elected President, Idriss Deby has died of injuries suffered on the frontline while fighting rebels in the north of the Sahel country. President Idriss Deby has ruled Chad for 30 years.

According to the country’s army spokesperson, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna who made the announcement hours after electoral officials declared him as winner of the April 11 presidential election, paving the way for him to stay in power for six more years after a 30-year rule.

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His campaign manager said Deby had postponed his victory speech to supporters and instead went to visit Chadian soldiers battling rebels. The rebel group Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), which is based across the northern frontier with Libya had attacked a border post on election day and then advanced hundreds of kilometres south.

General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read out on state television;

“Deby, 68 has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield”

General Mahamat Kaka, the son of the deceased Chadian leader, has been named interim head of the state.

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