The re-election of Chadian President Idriss Déby for a sixth term on Monday sparked fighting between the rebels and the army.
Chadian President Idriss Déby, in power for thirty years and re-elected on Monday , died on Tuesday April 20 at the age of 68 from injuries received while commanding his army in fighting against rebels in the north of the country during the weekend, announces the army.
« The President of the Republic, Head of State, Supreme Head of the Armed Forces, Idriss Déby Itno, has just had his last breath in defending territorial integrity on the battlefield. It is with deep bitterness that we announce to the Chadian people the death on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 of Marshal of Chad, « said army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna in a press release read on TV Tchad.
Reelected for a sixth term on Monday
President Idriss Déby Itno, who ruled Chad with an iron fist for thirty years, was re-elected Monday for a sixth term with 79.32% of the votes cast in the April 11 presidential election. His re-election had led to fighting for several days, as well as the death of 300 rebels and five soldiers .