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Military takes power after President Déby killed by rebels

10 May 2021

In mid-April President Idriss Déby was killed following clashes with rebels in the north of the country. His death, aged 68, came just a day after he was officially re-elected for a sixth term in office. Rather than remaining in N’Djamena to make a victory speech, he travelled to the frontline to visit troops fighting Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) rebels, who had launched an offensive earlier in the month from neighbouring Libya. The president “breathed his last breath defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield”, army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement.

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