Chad’s president Idriss Déby dies ‘on battlefield’, military says

Idriss Déby, the veteran president of Chad, has died, national radio in the central African state has said. A statement from the military said the 68-year-old ruler, in power for 30 years, had been killed “on the battlefield” after being injured fighting rebels but gave no further details. Déby last week won a sixth term in presidential elections. The poll prompted an invasion by a Libya-based rebel group called the Force for Change and Concord in Chad (Fact), which military officials had said was repulsed at the weekend.

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