Idriss Deby, president of Chad, dies “of wounds sustained in battle” on the front line


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President Idris Dubai was wounded on the battlefront.

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.


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