Re-elected for sixth term, Chadian president Idriss Déby Itno dies of combat wounds

Chadian President died Tuesday of wounds sustained last weekend while commanding the army in a fight against rebels in the north of the country. This was the statement issued by the Chadian army command. Recall that Déby, who had ruled the country for 30 years, won the presidential elections held in Chad on April 11. He was re-elected for a sixth term with more than 79% of the vote.

“The President of the Republic, Head of State, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Idriss Déby Itno, has just taken his last breath in defense of territorial integrity on the battlefield. It is with deep sorrow that we announce to the people of Chad the death of the marshal on Tuesday, April 20, 2021,” Army spokesman General Azem Bermandoah Agouna said in a press release read on local television.

Following the news of the president’s death, the country announced the creation of an Interim Military Council to be headed by the son of the deceased president, Lieutenant General Mahamat Idriss Deby. A national transitional charter is expected to be announced shortly. A two-week national mourning period has been declared throughout the country and a curfew has been established from 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Land and air borders are closed until further notice, council officials specify.