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The President of Chad, Idriss Deby Itno, dies of his wounds sustained during the fighting

The President of Chad, Idriss Deby Itno, dies of his wounds sustained during the fighting

His national funeral is scheduled to take place on Friday in the capital, N’Djamena, before he is buried in the far east of the country, his hometown.

A transitional military council headed by Muhammad Idris Deby, one of the sons of the late president, dissolved the government and parliament.

A curfew was imposed and the land and air borders were closed. In the capital, many members of the Presidential Guard roam the streets in civilian clothes, which they can identify Wireless communication devices The gun is tucked under their clothes.

Mohamed Idris Deby, 37, formerly headed the Presidential Guard. And he promised the emergence of new institutions after the elections. Free and democraticIn a year and a half.

The son of late Chadian President Mohamed Idriss Déby Itno, 37, in a TV advertisement with members of the Central African Armed Forces.

Photo: Associated Press

Idriss Déby Itno, 68, died of wounds sustained during the fighting he personally led against a column of rebels infiltrating from Libya in Tibesti. This troubled region of the coast, in the far north of the country and bordering Libya, is the scene of regular clashes.

On Monday evening, the Chadian government and army confirmed this Demolition Rebel column and kill 300 fighters.

The rebels have been leading an offensive against the Chadian regime for nine days definitely The military council is headed by the president’s son.

Although they admitted to incurring heavy losses, the members of the Front for Rotation and Accord of Chad (FACT) say they have resumed their advance. They now intend to march to the capital, N’Djamena.

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A valuable ally of Western powers

Born in 1952, Idriss Deby Itno trained first at the Officers’ School in N’Djamena and then in France, and was an ally of the West in fighting jihadist groups in Africa.

He was promoted to the rank of Field Marshal last August, due to weapons work, after he personally ordered a year ago to launch a deep attack for his army in neighboring Nigeria to pursue the jihadists of Boko Haram who came from there to attack an army camp. In Chad.

Westerners considered Idriss Déby’s regime, and especially France, a former colonial power, to be a major partner in the war against jihadists in the Sahel. Chad, landlocked among failed states such as Libya, Sudan and the Central African Republic, is a major contributor of soldiers and armaments to this conflict.

The Chadian army also supplies the peacekeepers of the Republic of ChadHIM-HER-IT One of their main teams is in Mali and passed to the most experienced combined force of G5 Sahel (Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad).

Mr. Déby had ousted Hossein Habré (in power from 1982 to 1990), who was a former commander of the army. Then his Presidential Guard, for years, severely suppressed any opposition before loosening his regime and opening it up to multi-party politics. ControllingAccording to the experts.

Westerners are calling for a peaceful transition

Through a press release, the Elysee denounced the lossBrave friend The importance is stressedPeaceful transition While remembering him Strong commitment to stability and territorial integrity Chad.

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The head of French diplomacy, Jean-Yves Le Drian, has called for a military move to Limited time Which leads to prof Inclusive, civilian government.

For her part, the French Minister of Armed Forces, Florence Parly, confirmed that France He is losing a key ally in the war against terror in the Sahel.

The White House also provided a file Condolences For the Chadian people. We condemn the recent violence and casualties in ChadPresidency, said Joe Biden who he says supports him Peaceful transfer of power.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, who served as Prime Minister of Chad from 2003 to 2005, expressed his determination Strong emotion On Twitter. A great statesman and recognized military leader. I offer my deepest condolences to and to the people of Chad [la] Family Idriss Déby Itno announced.

Sixth period

Elections were held on April 11th, and it gave the Chadian president a sixth term, who took power in 1990 after leading a rebellion against Hissène Habré.

Thereafter, Idriss Déby Itno survived numerous coups and armed revolutions.

In the Tibesti mountain range, but also in the northeast bordering Sudan, Chadian rebels regularly confront the country’s army.

In February 2019, from Libya to try to overthrow the regime Reality He had been stopped by the bombing of French aircraft at the request of the Chadian government.

Eleven years ago, in 2008, military support from Paris enabled the Chadian president to repel a rebel attack that reached the gates of the presidential palace.

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