Newly re-elected president of Chad, idriss deby has dies of injuries sustained during fight with rebels in the north of sahel country.
General Azem Bermandoa Agounda made the announcement hours after electoral officials declared 68-year old Deby 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.
According to his campaign manager, Deby had postponed his victory speech to supporters and instead went to visit chadian shoulders 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 kilometers south.
Geneal Azem said, ” Deby, 68, has just breadthed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield”
It is not known why the president would have visited the area or participated in ongoing clashes with the rebels who opposed his rule. Deby came to power in a reunion in 1990 and he’s one of Africa’s longest- serving leaders.
General Mahamat kaka, the son of the deceased chadian leader,has been made interim head of the state.
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