AFTER 30 YEARS IN POWER: Chad’s President Idriss Deby ‘killed in frontline clashes with rebels’

Idriss Déby, the veteran president of Chad, is dead, national radio in the central African state announced

Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno addresses supporters at his election campaign rally in N'djamena on April 9, 2021.The late Chadian President Idriss

Chad’s long-serving President Idriss Deby has died from injuries suffered on the frontline, an African diplomatic source told CNN on Tuesday.

It comes following attacks in the north of the country by rebels.

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Rebels of the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (Front Pour l’Alternance et La Concorde au Tchad) (FACT) reported in a statement on Monday that Deby was injured and on the run.

Deby, who ruled since 1990, was declared victorious in the first round of the country’s presidential electon held on April 11, 2021.

Deby was an experienced military man who first joined the army in the 1970s during the former French colony’s civil war.

He eventually became commander in chief of the armed forces under former president Hissène Habré who served from 1982 to 1990.

In that year, an insurrection led by Deby hounded President Habré out of office. Deby promised to establish a functioning multiparty democracy and put an end to the previous regime’s lawlessness and violence.

That promise was short-lived. Deby’s ambitions quickly shifted to staying in power by any means and enriching his extended family.

The Chadian military earlier said it had halted an advance by forces opposed to the government that were coming from neighbouring Libya.

The forces said on April 18, 2021 that they were pressing ahead, after the American and British embassies warned of a possible assault on the capital N’Djamena, ordering their citizens to leave.