Chadian president killed by rebels, son named as replacement

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 Chadian President, Idriss Deby, has died of wounds sustained from gunshots on the frontline in the battle against rebels in the northern part of the country.

Speaking on state television Tuesday, an army spokesman said Deby died of injuries sustained while visiting troops on the front line.  A rebel force known as the Front for Change and Concord in Chad has advanced from the north in recent days toward the capital, N’Djamena.

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Deby who ruled his country for more than 30 years had just won another re-election, his 6th term, before his death.

He was expected to give a victory speech after receiving the provisional results of his victory, but opted instead to visit Chadian soldiers on the front lines.

The constitution has been suspended. Army spokesman, Azem Bermendao Agouna, said a military council will take charge of Chad for the next 18 months.  He added that the council will be led by Deby’s 37-year-old son, General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno.

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