The President of Chad died of war wounds …

Idriss Déby Itno, president of Chad for 30 years, died on Tuesday from wounds sustained at the front. The army says that on Tuesday. The presidency was assumed by a military council.

The army spokesman said on state television that the president was injured while taking command of the army fighting rebels in the north of the country.

Debbie, 68, was a professional soldier who came to power in a 1990 coup. He had just been re-elected to another six-year term, with 79.32 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results Monday evening.

Ministers and senior officers said on Monday that the head of state left for the front on Saturday and Sunday, as his army fought a column of rebels who launched an offensive from lagging bases in Libya on April 11, election day.

The army says the rebels have been defeated. But they said in a statement that Déby was injured, and the official confirmation only arrived on Tuesday.

The Military Council takes over

The army announced on state radio that one of Déby’s sons, General Muhammad Idris Deby Itno, 37, heads a military council that took over the presidency.

Mohamed Idriss Déby Itno is also the commander of the Presidential Guard. The junta met immediately, and according to army spokesperson Azim Bermando Aguna, it ratified the transitional charter.

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