The Chad’s newly re-elected President Idriss Deby has died of injuries suffered on the frontline whereas combating rebels within the north of the Sahel country.
The country’s military spokesperson, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna made the announcement hours after electoral officers declared 68-year-old Deby as winner of the April 11 presidential election, paving the way for him to remain in energy for six extra years after a 30-year rule.
Deby had postponed his victory speech to supporters and instead went to visit Chadian soldiers battling rebels, in accordance with his campaign manager.
The insurgent group Entrance for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), which is based throughout the northern frontier with Libya had attacked a border post on election day after which superior lots of of kilometres south.
General Azem Bermandoa Agouna mentioned in a press release read out on state television;
“Deby, 68 has simply breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield”
It isn’t known why the president would have visited the realm or participated in ongoing clashes with the rebels who opposed his rule. Deby got here to power in a rebellion in 1990 and is considered one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.
General Mahamat Kaka, the son of the deceased Chadian leader, has been named interim head of the state.