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Idriss Deby Itno dies in fight against rebels, According to Military

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Central African military officials announced that Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno was killed on the battlefield on Tuesday in a battle with insurgents who opposed his government. 

The news was announced a few hours after election officials announced that Debbie, who led Chad for more than three decades, was the winner of the presidential election in Chad on April 11, paving the way for her to remain in power for six years. 

The military said the transition committee will now be led by Deby’s 37-year-old son, Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, and the curfew will go into effect every night at 6 p.m. 

The Associated Press reported that due to the remoteness of the battlefield, the circumstances of Derby’s death could not be immediately and independently confirmed. It is not yet known why the president will visit the front lines in northern Chad or participate in the ongoing conflict with insurgents who oppose his government. 

Deby is a 68-year-old former army commander-in-chief who came to power in 1990 when his rebels overthrew then-President Hisense Habre, who later served in Senegal. An international court was found guilty of human rights violations. 

Over the years, Derby survived countless armed rebellions and remained in power until the most recent revolution was led by a group calling itself the Chadian Front for Change and the Front for Concord. 

The insurgents are believed to have been armed and trained in neighboring Libya before entering northern Chad on April 11. They arrived on the same day that the president of Chad called the sixth term on election day, and several of the leading opposition candidates boycotted the appointment. 

Deby is France’s main ally in the fight against Islamic extremism in Africa, is the base of the French military operation “Bahan,” and has provided substantial troops for peacekeeping operations in northern Mali. Derby’s son, Mahamat (Mahamat), was the highest commander of the Chadian forces.

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