Chad newly re-elected President dies fighting rebels

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 14:14 | < 1 min read
President Idriss Deby

The army in Chad says President Idriss Deby has died from injuries sustained in fighting at the frontline.

Chad's army is currently combating rebel forces who've launched an assault on the capital N'Djamena.

President Deby was expected to win a sixth term in office following elections on April the eleventh.

President Idriss Déby of Chad "breathed his last breath defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield", army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read out on state television.

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