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CHAD – President Idriss Deby Itno succumbs to gunshot wounds

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Chad is in mourning. The head of state, Idriss Déby, was killed while on the front line against a rebel group that took up arms on 11 April 2021, the day of the presidential election. Re-elected with 79.32% of the vote according to the official results released this Monday, April 19, the President of the Republic, Idriss Deby, who has been running the country for 30 years, will have enjoyed only one day of his sixth mandate. He died on Tuesday 20 April 2021 at the age of 68, according to information provided by the army on state television.

Chad’s head of state, Idriss Deby, is gone. He commanded his army this weekend against the Front pour l’alternance et la concorde au Tchad (FACT), a predominantly Gorane Chadian politico-military group, a Saharan ethnic group, which claims “the total liberation of the Tibesti region”, in the north of the country. Clashes in which the president was shot and wounded. He finally succumbed on Tuesday, April 20, when he had just been re-elected for a sixth term the day before.The President of the Republic, Head of State, Supreme Head of Armies, Idriss Déby Itno, has just had his last breath in defending territorial integrity on the battlefield. It is with deep bitterness that we announce to the Chadian people the death this Tuesday, April 20, 2021 of the marshal of Chad”, announced General Azem Bermandoa Agouna, spokesman of the army, in a statement read on TV Chad.

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These soldiers of the Chadian people claimed on Monday 19 April that more than 300 rebels have been killed in the northern provinces of Tibesti and Kanem since the start of hostilities on Sunday 11 April, presidential election day.Five Chadian soldiers perished during these attacks. The army reassured the population that the situation was under control and that calm should return. But, this Saturday, April 17, around the afternoon, the fighting resumed leading to the death of the President of the Republic. According to the announcement of the army, his son, Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, a 37-year-old army general, will act as interim head of a military council. 

It should be noted that Idriss Deby had been at the head of Chad since 2 September 1990 following a coup d’état perpetrated against the then head of State, Hissène Habré.Promoted to the rank of marshal in August 2020, he had just been promoted to the head of the country for a sixth term, according to provisional results released on Monday, April 19, 2021 by the national electoral instance.


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