Chad’s President Dies After Battle With Rebels, Military Says

Idriss Déby, who dominated the oil-producing nation of Chad for three decades, died Tuesday after sustaining accidents in clashes in between rebels and government troops, the country’s military announced.

In a statement read on condition television, military spokesman Gen. Azem Bermandoa Agouma mentioned Mr. Déby, sixty eight several years aged, was wounded in a struggle with rebels advancing on the capital from the country’s northern border with Libya.

The announcement of his dying, which could not straight away be verified independently, came a day after Mr. Déby, a crucial ally of Chad’s former colonial electrical power France and the U.S. in the combat against Boko Haram militants, was declared the winner of a contested April eleven presidential election. According to the official results, he gained seventy nine% of the vote.

“The president of the republic, the head of condition, the supreme chief of the armed forces, Idriss Déby Itno, has just taken his last breath while defending the territorial integrity on the battlefield,” Gen. Bermandoa mentioned.

Above the weekend, the U.S. Condition Division requested all nonessential employees of its embassy in Chad to go away the country, citing the development of rebels from the north toward the capital, N’Djamena.

The fighting in Chad is a indication of how conflict in neighboring Libya has developed instability in the broader region. Rebels from the Entrance for Modify and Harmony in Chad, or Fact,  are centered in Libya, but crossed into Chadian territory on election day.

The team was deployed at Jufra air foundation, a big military foundation controlled by Khalifa Haftar, a warlord backed by Russia and the United Arab Emirates who introduced a fourteen-thirty day period assault on Libya’s internationally regarded government in 2019. Russia has also deployed paramilitary fighters and jet fighters to the identical air foundation.

Fact has been expanding its existence in southern Libya and was guarding some of Mr. Haftar’s bases in the location, according to a report released in March by the United Nations Panel of Authorities on Libya, which displays military developments in the country. FACT’s chief promises neutrality in the Libyan conflict. The group’s fighters served in two of Mr. Haftar’s battalions, according to the report.

Mr. Haftar’s assault on Tripoli finished in 2020 and Libya’s rival factions formed a unity government in February 2021.

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