President Idris Derby of Chad was shot dead by rebels on Tuesday. Idriss Deby, who had won a 6th term based on provisional results, has died of injuries suffered on the frontline, army said.
According to the army, President Idriss who had ruled for 3 decades died in the Northern part of the country on Tuesday, 20th of April 2021, in a battle between the army and rebels who had launched an attack on the day of Election.
In a statement which was read on TV, army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said the president “has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield”.
Déby, was expected to give a victory speech after receiving the provisional results, but opted instead to visit Chadian soldiers on the front lines, said his campaign director Mahamat Zen Bada.
General Azem also said the 68-year-old president would be replaced by a military council led by his 37-year-old son, four-star General Mahamat Idriss Deby. The temporary government should remain in place for 18 months.
Derby’s son has been a general in the Chadian army and for many years headed the Direction Générale des Services de Sécurité des Institutions de l’État (DGSSIE) [General Directorate of Security Services for State Institutions], which includes the presidential guard.
His new role as President of the Transitional Council will make the 37-year-old Mahamat the youngest head of state on the continent.
As a result of the president’s death, Chad’s borders have been closed and a curfew imposed within the country.