37-Year-Old Idriss Deby’s Son Replaces Him As President Of Chad

A military council in Chad led by Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, son of the late Presi­dent Idriss Déby, will govern the country for the next 18 months following the death of the Chadian leader on Tuesday.

A statement released by the Chadian Army authorities said, Déby Itno, a 37-year-old four-star gener­al, will lead the council but “free and democratic” elec­tions will be held once the transition period is over.

Chad’s president died of injuries he sustained fol­lowing clashes with rebels in the north of the country at the weekend, the army has said. The announcement came a day after provisional elec­tion results projected he would win a sixth term in office. The government and par­liament have been dissolved. A curfew has also been im­posed and the borders have been shut. Déby, 68, spent more than three decades in power and was one of Africa’s lon­gest-serving leaders.

An army officer by train­ing, he came to power in 1990 through an armed uprising. He was a long-time ally of France and other Western powers in the battle against jihadist groups in the Sahel region of Africa. Déby “breathed his last defending the sovereign na­tion on the battlefield”, an army general said on state television on Tuesday.

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