The President of Chad, Idriss Deby Itno, dies of his wounds sustained during the fighting

His funeral is scheduled to take place on Friday in the capital, N’Djamena, before he is buried in the far east of the country, his hometown.

A transitional military council headed by Muhammad Idris Deby, one of the sons of the late president, dissolved the government and parliament.

A curfew was imposed and the land and air borders were closed. In the capital, many members of the Presidential Guard roam the streets in civilian clothes, which they can identify Wireless communication devices The gun is tucked under their clothes.

Mohamed Idris Deby, 37, formerly headed the Presidential Guard. And he promised the emergence of new institutions after the elections. Free and democraticIn a year and a half.

The son of late Chadian President Mohamed Idriss Déby Itno, 37, in a TV advertisement with members of the Central African Armed Forces.

Photo: Associated Press

Idriss Deby Itno, 68, died of wounds sustained during the fighting he personally led against a column of rebels infiltrating from Libya in Tibesti. This volatile region of the coast, in the far north of the country bordering Libya, is the scene of regular clashes.

On Monday evening, the Chadian government and army confirmed this Demolition Rebel column and kill 300 fighters.

The rebels have been leading an offensive against the Chadian regime for nine days definitely The military council is headed by the president’s son.

Although they admit they have suffered heavy losses, the members of the Front for Rotation and Accord of Chad (FACT) say they have resumed their advance. They now intend to march to the capital, N’Djamena.

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An ally of the West

Born in 1952, Idriss Deby Itno trained at the Officers’ School in N’Djamena and then in France, and was an ally of the West in fighting jihadist groups in Africa.

Through a press release, the Elysee denounced the lossBrave friend The importance is stressedPeaceful transition While remembering him Strong commitment to stability and territorial integrity Chad.

The White House also provided a file Condolences For the Chadian people. We condemn the recent violence and casualties in ChadPresidency, said Joe Biden who he says supports him Peaceful transfer of power.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, who served as Prime Minister of Chad from 2003 to 2005, expressed his determination Strong emotion On Twitter. A great statesman and recognized military leader. I offer my deepest condolences to and to the people of Chad [la] Family Idriss Déby Itno announced.

Sixth period

Elections took place on April 11, and gave the Chadian president a sixth term, who took power in 1990 after leading a rebellion against Hissène Habré.

Thereafter, Idriss Déby Itno survived numerous coups and armed revolutions.

In the Tibesti mountain range, but also in the northeast bordering Sudan, Chadian rebels regularly confront the country’s army.

In February 2019, from Libya to try to overthrow the regime Reality He had been stopped by the bombing of French aircraft at the request of the Chadian government.

Eleven years ago, in 2008, military support from Paris enabled the Chadian president to repel a rebel attack that reached the gates of the presidential palace.

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