Breaking: Chad's President Idriss Deby Dies, Army Announces Cause of Death

Breaking: Chad's President Idriss Deby Dies, Army Announces Cause of Death

- Barely a month after the death of Tanzania's president John Magufuli, Africa has lost another sitting president

- The president of Chad, Idriss Deby, is dead, according to an announcement by the country's army on Tuesday, 20 April

- Deby allegedly died of injuries suffered while fighting a rebel group in the northern part of the country

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Idriss Deby, the president of Chad, is dead. An Army spokesman whose name was not mentioned said on Tuesday, 20 April that the president died of injuries suffered on the frontline, Al Jazeera reported.

The news media noted that Derby's death came a day after he won a sixth term as the country's election results were just released on Monday, 19 April.

Idriss Deby: Chad's President is Dead, Army Announces, Reveals Cause of His Death
Army spokesman announces on Tuesday, April 20, that President Idriss Deby dies of injuries suffered while fighting rebels. Photo credit: Aurelien Meunier
Source: UGC

Briefly News gathers that the 68-year-old president came to power in a rebellion in 1990.

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Meanwhile, AFP stated in its own report of the tragic incident that Derby, who has been in power for three decades, died of injuries while fighting rebels in the north of the Sahel country.

Briefly News notes that President Deby's death comes barely a month after John Magufuli, the president of Tanzania, died at the age of 61.

Magufuli's death was reportedly announced on Wednesday, 17 March, by the vice president, Samia Suluhu. His death came five months after he won a second term election.

The late president had attracted widespread criticism for his denial of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Suluhu, Magufuli succumbed to heart disease.

She said the late president began feeling unwell and was taken to Jakaya Kikwete Heart Institute on Saturday, 6 March. On Sunday, 7 March, he was discharged after assessment by cardiac specialists.

In terms of the presidency in Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan has been sworn in as the sixth president of the country a day after she announced the death of President John Pombe Magufuli. Suluhu, who read three oaths, took the oath of office at State House Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Friday, 3 March.

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The new president, dressed in red and black, then proceeded to inspect a guard of honour mounted by the Tanzania Defence Forces. The swearing-in event was low-key without heads of state heads but was graced by former presidents Jakaya Kikwete and Hassam Mwinyi.

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