Chad’s president Idriss Deby is dead

Chad’s President Idriss Deby arrives for a group picture during the G5 Sahel summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania, June 30, 2020. (Reuters Photo)

The President of Chad, Idriss Deby  has died of injuries he sustained on the frontline, an army spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday.

The 68-year-old “has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield” over the weekend, army spokesperson General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read out on state television, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The government of Chad is fighting a rebel group called Front for Change and Concord in Chad – FACT. Agouna told Reuters that army troops killed more than 300 insurgents and captured 150 on Saturday in Kanem province, around 300 kilometers (185 miles) from N’Djamena.

Deby who had been in power since 1990, won a sixth term on Monday after he got 79.3% of the votes in the April 11 election.  He was expected to give a victory speech to supporters, but his campaign

A military council led by the late president’s 37-year-old son general Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno would replace him, Agouna said,  according to Daily Sabah news.