CHAD’s President, Idriss Déby, has been killed in a clash with rebels in the northern part of the country at the weekend, the army has said on state TV.
The AFP had reported earlier that Déby, who commanded an army unit during hostilities against the rebels in Chad’s north, was kill in a battle. A source confirmed to Sputnik that the president was critically injured during the clashes and died later in a hospital.
Déby recently claimed victory in provisional election winning a sixth term in office with 80% of the vote.
Déby, who came to power in an armed uprising in 1990, will be succeeded by a Transitional Military Council to be headed by his 30-year-old son, Lt.-Gen. Mahamat Idriss Déby.
Mahamat had previously served as the second in command of the Armed Forces for the Chadian Intervention in Northern Mali (FATIM).
The Mahamat-led Transitional Military Council will govern for the next 18 months as the government and parliament have been dissolved.
Déby had gone to the front line at the weekend to visit troops battling rebels based across the border in Libya.
The military plans to publish a “transitional charter” soon. Chad declared a two-week national mourning period after the president’s death and imposed a curfew from 18:00 p.m. local time until 05:00 a.m. The military has also closed land and air borders “until further notice.”
Feature picture: Lt. Gen. Mahamat Idriss Déby, succeeds his father after he was killed in battle with rebels north of Chad.