Chad’s President, Idriss Deby Itno, is dead and the country has decided to let his son supersede him.
The army announced on state television on Tuesday that Chad’s President had died on the battlefield after three decades in power.
The disturbing news came just one day after the 68-year-old was announced the winner of a presidential election in which he was re-elected for a sixth term.
According to the army, Deby was commanding his army over the weekend as it fought rebels who initiated a major invasion into the country’s north on election day.
According to the army spokesman, Azem Bermandoa Agouna, in the statement which he readout on the state television, he said
Deby, 68, ruled Chad with an iron fist for three decades but was a crucial ally in the West’s anti-jihadist campaign in the troubled Sahel region.
The army officially confirmed that he would be superseded by a military council led by the late president’s 37-year-old son, Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, a four-star general.
On Monday, the army proclaimed a “massive victory” in its eight-day battle against rebel forces from neighboring Libya, implying to have killed 300 fighters and lost only five soldiers in the process.