Tributes are continuing to pour in from all parts of the world following the passing of Chad President Idriss Deby. He was 68-years-old.
According to media reports Deby died from wounds sustained in battle. He was recently declared the winner of the presidential elections that had given him a sixth term in office.
Born June 18 1952 Deby was a politician and military officer. He became the President of Chad from 1990 until his death.
The former President took power by leading a rebellion against President Hissene Habre in December 1990 and survived various rebellions and coup attempts against his own rule.
Deby’s Son, Mahamat Kaka, has been appointed the Interim President of Chad.
The African Union (AU) has expressed deepest condolences to the family and people of Chad. The AU says Deby played a key role in promoting the African Union’s Agenda to promote peace and security and was an ardent supporter of the Union’s efforts to create an environment of security and stability, especially within the Sahel region.
“The African Union stands in solidarity with the Government and People of the Republic of Chad during this difficult time and joins them in mourning the loss of a champion of Africa’s endeavours to provide a peaceful, secure, and stable continent.
May his soul rest in peace.”
President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari has also extended condolences to the people of Chad and says Deby’s death will create a big vacuum in the efforts to jointly confront Boko Haram terrorists.