N’Djamena, Chad — President Chad Idris Debitono, who has ruled the country of Central Africa for over 30 years, was killed on the battlefield on Tuesday in a fight against rebels, the military said on national television and radio. did.
The military said the interim council was headed by Devi’s son, Mahamatoidris Debitono.
The astonishing announcement came just hours after election officials declared Debbie the winner of the April 11 presidential election, paving the way for him to stay in power for another six years.
Debbie’s death situation could not be immediately and independently confirmed due to the remote battlefields. It was unclear why the president visited the front lines of northern Chad and participated in ongoing clashes with rebels who opposed his rule.
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.
By Edouard Takadji and Krista Larson