Chadian President Idriss Deby dies of injuries suffered on frontline, army says

 

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

 

By REUTERS

 

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.

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