Chad’s President Idriss Deby has died while visiting troops on the front line of a fight against northern rebels, an army spokesperson said on Tuesday.
According to Reuters, Deby’s campaign said that he was headed to the front lines to join troops battling “terrorists”.
The News comes hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) of the central African nation announced that Incumbent Chadian President Idriss Deby has won the absolute majority in the first round of the presidential election. The presidential poll took place on April 11.
Deby, 68, came to power in a rebellion in 1990 and is one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.