BREAKING: CHAD PRESIDENT IDRISS DEBY KILLED ON FRONTLINE BY REBELS DAY AFTER SIXTH TERM VICTORY.
…….HIS SON 4 STAR GENERAL MUHAMMET KAKA EMERGES AS SUCCESSOR
By Babagana Bukar Wakil Ngala, Maiduguri
President Idriss Deby of Chad is dead, the country’s army spokesperson has confirmed.
Deby who was declared as winner of Chad’s presidential election for the sixth term on Monday, died of injuries suffered on the frontline of fight against northern rebels in the country on Tuesday.
Deby, 68 year old has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield” over the weekend, army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read out on state television.
The Chadian army has said a military council led by the late president’s 37-year-old son Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, a four-star general, would replace him.
The army spokesman said on Tuesday President Deby died of injuries suffered on the frontline in the Sahel country’s north, where he had gone to visit soldiers battling rebels.
Déby who has ruled Chad for 30 years, was re-elected with 79.32 percent of the vote, according to official results released Monday shortly after the army said it had defeated a rebellion launched on election day April 11 and killed “more than 300 enemies.
The turnout was 64.81 percent for the election, which the outgoing head of state won unsurprisingly in the first round, said the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (Ceni), Kodi Mahamat Bam, in releasing the official “provisional” figures. The Supreme Court still has to approve them after considering possible appeals.
Déby’s former and last Prime Minister, Albert Pahimi Padacké, came second with 10.32% of the votes cast. The first woman to run in a presidential election, Lydie Beassemda, came third with 3.16% of the vote.
Nine candidates were officially running against Mr. Déby, but three had announced their withdrawal and called for a boycott of the election, citing the violent repression of all the “peaceful marches” organized in recent months to demand “change of power. The Supreme Court, however, kept their names on the ballot.
Chad’s President Idriss Deby has died while visiting troops on the front line of a fight against northern rebels, an army spokesman said on Tuesday, the day after Deby was declared the winner of a sixth term in office.
Deby’s campaign said on Monday that he was headed to the frontlines to join troops battling “terrorists”.
Rebels based across the northern frontier in Libya attacked a border post on election day and then advanced hundreds of kilometres south across the desert.
Deby came to power in a rebellion in 1990 and is one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.