Chad’s President, Idriss Déby has died from injuries he got while joining the army frontline to fight insurgents in the country’s Northern region
The announcement of Déby’s death comes just hours after electoral officials had declared the 68-year old the winner of the April 11 presidential election with 79.32% votes, paving the way for him to stay for a 6th term of six more years in powerr. Opposition candidate and leaders were arrested and the internet was shut down during the election period.
After ruling Chad for 31 years, Idris Déby, his son General Mahamat Kaka, a 4-star general has been selected by the Military to be the Interim Head of State.
Mr Idris Déby, who was a former army commander-in-chief, came to power in 1990 when his rebel forces overthrew then-president Hissene Habre, who was later convicted of human rights offences at an international tribunal sitting in Senegal.
Chad’s Military has since imposed a 6 pm curfew and closed borders following the death of President Idriss Déby.