Chad’s President Idriss Déby Dies in Combat

Chad’s president, Idriss Déby, has died from wounds sustained in combat,
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Chad’s president, Idriss Déby, has died from wounds sustained in combat, the country’s military has said, sending shockwaves through the region as rebel forces continued to advance on the capital N’Djamena.

The extraordinary announcement of the 68-year-old’s battlefield death on Tuesday came days after an election in which he won a sixth term in office, extending his 30-year, increasingly authoritarian rule. Some observers fear there could be extensive fighting in the strategically important central African country before a stable political settlement is reached.

Reports from N’Djamena suggest parliament has been dissolved and the government replaced by a transitional military council led by Déby’s 37-year-old son, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, a general.

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