N’Djamena, Chad (AP) — President Chad Idris Debitono, who has ruled a country in Central Africa for over 30 years, died on Tuesday after being injured on the battlefield during a battle with rebels, the military said. Announced on TV and radio.
The astonishing announcement came just hours after the election authorities declared Debbie, 68, the winner of the April 11 presidential election, paving the way for him to stay in power for another six years.
According to the military, the 18-month interim council will also impose a curfew, led by Devi’s 37-year-old son, Mahamatoidris Debitono.
“In the face of this alarming situation, the people of Chad must show an attachment to peace, stability and national cohesion,” said General Azem Belmandore Agma.
Debbie’s death situation could not be immediately and independently confirmed due to the remoteness of the battle.
The military said Debbie “had heroic leadership in combat operations against terrorists from Libya.” After being injured in the battle, he was taken to the capital, the general announced.
Former Army Supreme Commander Debbie came to power for the first time in 1990 when rebels defeated then-President Hissene Habré, who was convicted of human rights abuses in an international court in Senegal.
Over the years, Debbie has survived numerous armed rebellions and has been able to maintain power until this latest rebellion, led by a group that claims to be the forefront of Chad’s change and Concord.
Rebels are believed to have been armed and trained in neighboring Libya before moving to northern Chad on April 11. Their arrival came on the same day that President Chad sought a sixth term on election day.
Debbie was France’s main ally in the fight against Islamic extremism in Africa, hosting the French military base for Operation Barkhane and supplying important troops to peacekeeping operations in northern Mali.
Debbie’s son, Mahamat, has been the commander-in-chief of the Chad army participating in the effort.
Larson reported from Dakar, Senegal.