Updates: Chadian President Dies On Frontlines – Son Named Interim Leader By Army
Welcome to our live updates on happenings in Chad following the death of long-time President Idriss Deby.
The newly re-elected President died of injuries on Tuesday while fighting rebels in the north of the Sahel country.
The shocking announcement came only the day after the 68-year-old was proclaimed the winner of a presidential election that had given him a sixth term in office.
The army said Deby had been commanding his army at the weekend as it battled against rebels who had launched a major incursion into the north of the country on election day. Read more
Idriss Deby’s Son Announced Interim Leader
General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno will be replacing his father, Idriss Deby Itno, as head of a military council.
The army announced on Tuesday in a radio broadcast that the four-star general will replace his father.
#UPDATE The Chadian army have confirmed that General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, a four-star general who is the son of slain president Idriss Deby Itno, will replace him at the head of a military council pic.twitter.com/f141GysF1l
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) April 20, 2021
“A military council has been set up headed by his son, General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno,” the army’s spokesman, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna, said on state radio. Read more
Curfew Imposed, Borders Shut
Govt Dissolved, Election Re-Scheduled
Chad’s army has dissolved government and parliament after announcing the death of President Idriss Deby Itno.
They vowed “free and democratic” elections following an 18-month transition period.
Tributes On Social Media
Chadians and others have taken to social media to pay tributes to President Idriss Deby who died after he sustained injuries on the frontline battling rebels. Many lauded him for being a true leader who was selflessly committed to the stabilty of his country.
Israel Prime Minister in a tweet said he will be missed for his bold leadership and his historic decision to renew Chad’s relationship with Israel.
See below some of the tributes on Twitter:
I send my deepest condolences to the people of Chad on the passing of President Idriss Déby. We will miss his bold leadership and always remember his historic decision to renew Chad’s relationship with Israel.
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) April 20, 2021
Rest In Peace Soldat!
— TendanceActu (@TendanceActu) April 20, 2021
— Clement (@Clementadefila) April 20, 2021
— (@SaeedOmarFannah) April 20, 2021
He was there to protect his people, when they needed him most.
He fought to keep the peace in his Country.
He was always with the troops when it matters most in the battle field.
You have gone to rest, where you will not fight war again.
Rest in peace Idris Deby.#Chad. pic.twitter.com/S8BRyxaESb
— Yaks Ohize (@OhizeYaks) April 20, 2021
France Hails Him As Courageous Friend
The statement from the Elysee Palace described the late Chadian President Idriss Deby as a “courageous friend” of France and a “great soldier” who worked tirelessly for the security of his country.
French presidency also emphasised the importance of “stability and territorial integrity” for Chad while urging that the post-Deby transition take place in “peaceful conditions. Read more
More Updates to follow…