April 20, 2021
Chad’s President Idriss Deby has died while visiting troops on the front line of a fight against northern rebels, an army spokesman said on Tuesday, the day after Deby was declared the winner of a sixth term in office.
Chad’s President Idriss Deby arrives at a summit in the southern French city of Pau on January 13, 2020. © Regis Duvignau, AFP
Deby’s campaign said on Monday that he was headed to the front lines to join troops battling “terrorists”.
Rebels based across the northern frontier in Libya attacked a border post on election day and then advanced hundreds of kilometres south across the desert.
Deby, 68, came to power in a rebellion in 1990 and is one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.