Chad’s President, Idirss Deby is said to have died of his injuries following clashes with rebels in the north of the country. He died while visiting troops on the frontline of a fight against northern rebels, an army spokesman stated.
“Marshal Idriss Deby Itno, as he did each time that the institutions of the republic were gravely threatened, took control of operations during the heroic combat led against the terrorists from Libya. He was wounded during the fighting and died once repatriated to N’Djamena,” Bermendao said.
The announcement of his untimely demise comes just a day after provisional election results projected his win for a sixth time.
68-year-old Derby came to power in a rebellion in 1990 and was one of Africa’s longest-ruling leaders. He ruled his country for more than 30 years and was an important ally in the fight against Islamic militants in Africa.
The government and National Assembly have been resolved and a nationwide curfew imposed from 6 p.m to 5 a.m