Idriss Déby paid a visit to celebrate the victory in the presidential elections
Chad’s President Idriss Déby died on Tuesday during clashes between military forces while visiting soldiers fighting on the front lines, according to AFP.
Just yesterday it had been announced that Déby, who had been in power for 30 years, had been re-elected for a sixth term with 79.32% of the votes, in the presidential elections of 11 April.
According to his campaign director, the president exchanged the victory speech for a visit to the frontline soldiers in the fighting against the rebels in the north of the country.
“The candidate would like to be here to celebrate, but right now he is on the side of our defense and security forces to fight against the terrorists who threaten our territory,” said Mahamat Zen Bada this Monday.
Idriss Déby has ruled this African country since 1990 with an “iron fist”, according to international observers. He was 68 years old and was one of the longest-serving African leaders.
It will be his son, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, commander of the presidential guard, who will head a military council that will assume power in the country for 18 months until new elections are held.
The rebels, installed on the northern border with Libya, had attacked a border post on election day and started to advance south through the desert.
Source: with Agencies