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Late President Deby 's successor emerges in Chad

Chadian army says kills over 300 Chadian President Idriss Deby dies after clashes with rebels
Patty Aguilar | 20 April, 2021, 22:59

Veteran President Idriss Deby died from battle wounds sustained in the fight against rebels in the country's north, the army said on Tuesday, only a day after he was declared the victor of an April 11 election.

The Chadian army is now fighting the rebel forces, who launched an attack on the capital, N'Djamena.

Deby, 68, is re-elected to a sixth term after clinching 79.32 percent of the vote, according to provisional results from the electoral commission announced the day before his death.

Deby's son, Mahamat Kaka, was named interim president by a transitional council of military officers, spokesman Azem Bermendao Agouna said in a broadcast on state television.

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.

One of Africa's longest-serving leaders, Deby has successfully put down a string of rebellions since taking power, sometimes with military assistance from France.

"Due to their growing proximity to N'Djamena and the possibility for violence in the city, non-essential U.S. government employees have been ordered to leave Chad by commercial airline", the USA state department said in a statement.

"The swift announcement of the establishment of a military council and naming his son Mahamat as head of state however indicates regime continuity", Powell told Reuters.

Chadian army says kills over 300

Fighting between Chad's army and rebels in the country's north was revealed to be far deadlier than previously known on Monday, with the military reporting more than 300 insurgents killed while claiming calm was restored. The army was fighting against rebel forces in the capital city of N'Djamena.

Chad is losing "a great soldier and a president who worked non-stop for the security of the country and the stability of the region for three decades", it said in a statement. "I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Marshal Idriss Deby Itno and to the people of Chad", he said.

Chad's government has been forced to cut back public spending in recent years because of the l ow price of oil, its main export, sparking labour strikes.

The rebel leader's accusations come after French armed forces intervened in 2019 in a similar situation, launching airstrikes on an armed group in northern Chad that had entered the country from Libya.

Britain also urged its nationals to leave.

"I'm deeply shocked and devastated by the sudden death of Idriss Deby on the battle front to defend the sovereignty of his country".

The commander for the US military's Africa Command, General Steven Townsend, said Tuesday it's not clear what Deby's death will mean for U.S.

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