President Idriss Déby who has ruled Chad for 30 years, had campaigned for peace and security in the country afflicted by violence during the election has died of wounds he received while commanding his army in battles against rebels in the north.
In a swift change of fate, after news had come in that Chad’s veteran president, Idriss Déby had won a sixth term in the latest provisional results in on Monday by 79.3%, an announcement broadcast on national radio today has announced his death.
President Idriss Déby of Chad just won a sixth term in office as confirmed in provisional results released by the election commission on Monday, April 19.
The elections were held on April 11 and had a turnout of just under 65%. Former prime minister Albert Pahimi Padacke came in second with 10.32% of the vote, while Chad’s first female presidential candidate, Lydie Beassemda, secured 3.16%. The election was boycotted by the country’s top opposition leaders.
According to the army spokesperson, Général Azem Bemrandoua Agouna, the military had been pushed back by a column of insurgents who were advancing on the capital, N’Djamena.
Déby, was expected to give a victory speech after receiving the provisional results, but opted instead to visit Chadian soldiers on the front lines, said his campaign director Mahamat Zen Bada.
According to one report, the soldiers were attacked by militants from the Front pour l’Alternance et la Concorde au Tchad (FACT) (Front for Change and Concord in Chad) who had arrived from their base in Libya and had entered Chadian soil on 11 April. Their stated goal was to rid the country of Déby’s 31 years of power.
Mr Idriss Déby who has ruled Chad for 30 years, had campaigned for peace and security in the country afflicted by violence. The Supreme Court still has to approve the results after considering possible appeals.
In the wake of his passing away, a military council will take over in the interim, under the leadership of General Mahamat Kaka, otherwise known as Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, the son of Idriss.
This temporary government should remain in place for 18 months.
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