Idriss Deby’s Son to Lead Military Council After Father’s Death
General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, son of the late Chadian President, Idriss Deby is to take over as the nation’s leader.
The 37-year old, a four-star general, will replace his father at the head of a military council, the army announced Tuesday.
“A military council has been set up headed by his son, General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno,” the army’s spokesman, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna, said on state radio.
A news item monitored by our correspondent in The Politico said that the military spoke shortly after the announcement that the newly re-elected president had died of wounds while fighting rebels in the north of Chad.
On Monday, provisional results from the election on 11 April projected he would win a sixth term in office, with 80% of the vote.
The government and parliament have been dissolved, while a military council will govern for the next 18 months.
Déby, 68, was one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.