The president of Chad, Idriss Deby dies at 68. According to the official report from the national army on national, the president Idriss Deby died from the wounds he received while heading his army in battles against rebels in the North of Chad on Tuesday.
President Idriss Deby who had just been re-elected for his 6th on Monday after winning by 79.3% announced on national radio was today declared dead from succumbing to wounds by enemies.
Idriss Deby initially seized power in a coup detat in 1990 and later was re-elected in the 2000s with a 63.17% win rate and has since been ruling till the time of his demise.
According to the spokesman for the army, General Azem Bemrandoua Agouna, the military troops had been forced to retreated by a gianing mass of insurgents who had then been advancing to the capital city, N’Djamena.
Mahamat Zen Bada – campaign director to the president Idriss Deby said the president was expected to give a victory speech over his successs in winning the election but upon hearing the news if he insurgents, he opted to visit the Chadian soldiers on the frontline.
Whle president Idris Deby was still present at the frontline, the soldiers were attacked by militants from Front pour l’Alternance et la Concorde au Tchad – FACT, meaning “Front for Change and Concord in Chad“. The FACT militants had arrived from their base in Libya on the 11th of April with the sole goal of ending the 31 years of power of president Idriss Deby.
The rebel leader himself, Mahamat Mahadi Ali in an interview with Radio-France Internationale said president Idriss Deby was present on the frontline on the 18th and 19th of April near Nokou in Kanem and was reported wounded on the battlefield before being flown back to the capital by helicopter.
WHO WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF CHAD?
As of now, the constitution has been suspended and power will be transferred to a military council under the leadership of of the son the late president Idriss Deby himself, General Mahamat Kaka, otherwise known as Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno.
This temporary government should remain in place for 18 months.