Idriss Déby, the President of Chad, has died as a result of clashes with rebels.

Chad’s President Idriss Déby has died of his injuries following clashes with rebels in the north of the country at the weekend, the army has said.

The announcement came a day after preliminary election results indicated he would be re-elected to a sixth term.

The government as well as the legislature have been dissolved. A curfew has also been enforced, as well as the closure of the borders. Déby, 68, was one of Africa’s longest-serving kings, having ruled for more than three decades.

He was a trained army officer who rose to power through an armed rebellion in 1990. In the fight against jihadist groups in Africa’s Sahel region, he was a long-time collaborator of France and other Western powers.
On Tuesday, an army general said on state television that Déby “breathed his last protecting the sovereign nation on the battlefield.”

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