The President of Chad, Idriss Deby, succumbed to wounds sustained in clashes with rebels in the north of the country at the weekend, the army said on state television.
In the statement, General Azim Bremando Aguna, the army’s spokesman, said that Déby “breathed his last days in defense of a sovereign nation on the battlefield”.
Yesterday, the provisional results of the elections, which took place on April 11, showed that Déby is on his way to winning a sixth term as president, with 80 percent of the vote.
According to reports, the Chadian army imposed a curfew at night between 18:00 and 05:00. The country’s airspace was closed until further notice.
Déby, who rose to power in an armed uprising in 1990, was one of the longest-serving rulers in Africa, and went to the front lines at the weekend to visit forces fighting rebels stationed across the border in Libya.
Clashes with the army began on Saturday. The Reuters news agency quoted an army general as saying that 300 militants were killed and 150 others were captured.
He added that five government soldiers were killed, and 36 others were wounded. These numbers could not be verified immediately.
Déby was a long-time ally of France and other Western powers. But there was growing discontent with his government’s management of the country’s oil resources.
During the elections, Déby led his campaign on the basis of a program to achieve peace and security in the region.
Déby had gone to the front line, several hundreds of kilometers north of the capital, N’Djamena, at the weekend to visit forces fighting rebels belonging to a group calling itself the Front for Change and Concord in Chad. The group was founded in 2016 by the hands of Frustrated former army officers, the group accuses President Déby of repression in the run-up to the elections. Its members set up their base in Libya in the Tibesti Mountains, which straddle northern Chad and part of southern Libya. On election day, the group launched an attack on a border post and gradually advanced towards N’Djamena.What happened Monday?
N’Djamena was attacked by rebels, panic reigned in the city on Monday, and parents took their children from school to their homes, when tanks spread along the main roads. The Chadian army announced that elections would take place 18 months after President Déby’s death. The government was dissolved and Déby’s son, Mohamed Kaka, was appointed. The 37-year-old, an army general, is interim president. Analysts told the BBC that the move was unconstitutional, and that the speaker should take office when the president dies before elections are held. Be a candidate in it.
Some foreign embassies in the capital have urged their employees to leave the country.