Chad: President Idriss Déby dies

President Idris Derby of Chad who just won re-election is dead.

According to a confirmation from the national army of Chad read on national radio, the newly re-elected President Déby died of wounds he sustained while commanding the country’s army in battles against rebels in the north of the country.

In a swift change of fate, after news had come in that Chad’s veteran president, Idriss Déby had won a sixth term in the latest provisional results in on Monday by 79.3%, an announcement broadcast  on national radio today announced his death.

According to the army spokesperson, Général Azem Bemrandoua Agouna, the military had been pushed back by a column of insurgents who were advancing on the capital, N’Djamena.

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.

According to one report, the soldiers were attacked by militants from the Front pour l’Alternance et la Concorde au Tchad (FACT) (Front for Change and Concord in Chad) who had arrived from their base in Libya and had entered Chadian soil on 11 April.

Their stated goal was to rid the country of Déby’s 31 years of power.

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