Chad: Army names deceased President’s son as interim leader

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 16:32 |
Four Star General and head of the Republican Guard in Chad, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno (C), 37, son of Chadian

General Mahamat Kaka, son of Chad's long-time President Idriss Déby, has been appointed the country's leader, news agency AFP reports quoting an army spokesman.

President Idriss Déby was announced dead on Tuesday by the military.

Idriss Déby was injured when visiting troops battling rebels who had launched a major incursion last week from their base in Libya, the army said.

Chad's army is currently combating rebel forces who've launched an assault on the capital N'Djamena.

President Déby was expected to win a sixth term in office following elections on April the eleventh.

The 68-year-old leader came to power in an armed uprising in 1990.

He was often lauded for his efforts in fighting insurgency.

In 2020, he was awarded the highest military rank of Field Marshal because of the same efforts.

He had been set to lead the country for a sixth term after securing a huge lead in provisional results announced on Monday.

The army has announced that the government and parliament have been dissolved.

A military council is now expected to govern for the next 18 months.

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