Chad’s president, Idriss Déby, who was in power for more than 30 years, died on April 20 from injuries received in combat last weekend against rebels in the north of his country, according local media and the spokesman for the Chadian Army, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna.
“The President of the Republic, Head of State and Supreme leader of the Armed Forces, Idriss Déby Itno, has just breathed his last in the defense of territorial integrity on the battlefield,” this spokesman announced “with deep bitterness” in a statement released by “TV Chad” reports “AFP”
A source confirmed to “RIA Novosti” that the president was wounded in a combat in the north of his country and later died in a hospital.
Following Idriss Déby’s death, the Chadian Army established a transitional military council headed by his son, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, also known as Mahamat Kaka.
Déby was 68 years old, a career military man, took power in 1990 after a coup, was promoted to marshal last August and was reelected for a sixth term with 79.32 percent of the vote, according to the results provisional announcements announced on April 19 by the Chadian electoral body.
Chadian ministers and high-ranking officials reported that this president visited the front over the weekend where the Chadian Army was facing a column of rebels that launched an offensive from rear bases in Libya on April 11, the day of the elections