Chad’s President Idriss Deby has died while visiting troops on the frontline of a fight against northern rebels, an army spokesperson said on Tuesday, the day after Deby was declared the winner of a presidential election.
President Deby was 68, came to power in a rebellion in 1990 and was one of Africa’s longest ruling leaders. His campaign organisers said on Monday he was joining troops battling terrorists after rebels based across the northern frontier in Libya advanced hundreds of kilometres south toward the capital N’Djamena. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
President fought the likes of Islamist extremist groups such as Boko Haram and groups linked to Al Qaeda and Islamic State. Deby’s son, Mahamat Kaka, was named interim president by a transitional council of military officers.