Newly re-elected President of Chad, Idress Deby has died of injuries he sustained while fighting in the frontlines against rebels in the country.
The announcement of his death was made by the Military Spokesperson, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna, shortly after electoral officials declared Deby winner of the April 11 Presidential elections, which was the beginning of a 6 year term in addition to his 30 year rule.
Deby had gone to the front line to visit troops battling rebels based across the border in Libya. The rebel group Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) had attacked a border post on election day and advanced many kilometers south.
The clashes with the army began on Saturday. An army general told Reuters news agency that 300 insurgents were killed and 150 captured. Five government soldiers were killed and 36 were injured, he said.
In a statement read out on State television, General Azem said:
“Deby, 68 has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield”
Deby came into power in 1990. He was one of Africa’s longest- serving leaders.
Story: Ene Ken-Yawe
Pictures: Reuters News Agency, BBC
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