Chad’s President Idriss Deby has died of injuries suffered on the frontline where he had gone to visit soldiers battling rebels, an army spokesman said on April 20. Deby died a day after he won a sixth term, according to provisional election results that were released on April 19.
The 68-year-old Deby, who came to power in a rebellion in 1990, took 79.3 percent of the vote in the April 11 presidential election, the results showed, according to Al Jazeera reports.
The National Assembly and the Government of Chad have been dissolved. For 18 months, the country will be governed by a military council headed by the Idris Deby’s son, Mahamat Idris Deby.
According to the claims by Chadian Armed Forces on April 19, they killed about 300 militants of the opposition Front for Change and Concord in Chad, who invaded the country through Libyan border. About one hundred and fifty militants were reportedly captured. On the part of the government forces, five soldiers were killed and thirty-six others were injured.
The militants began a large offensive in Mao and N’Djamena directions on April 11, the day of the presidential elections were held. Security measures were tightened in the capital. The United States, fearing the capture of the city, evacuated the embassy staff. On the eve of the opposition announced the complete capture of Kanem Prefecture.
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