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Idriss Deby’s Sudden Death ‘A Great Loss’ For Chad And Africa – AU Chair

In this file photo taken on February 06, 2008, Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno gives a press conference after a meeting with French Defence Minister Herve Morin (not in photo), in Ndjamena during an official visit to Chad. PHOTO: MARCO LONGARI / AFP

 

The Head of State of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the chairperson of the African Union (AU) Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo has termed Idriss Deby’s sudden death as a great loss for Chad and for the whole of Africa.

 

A statement on the President’s Twitter account said he has ‘learned with dismay of the death of his counterpart and brother, Marshal Idriss Déby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad.

This death on Tuesday, during military operations opposing the Chadian armed forces to rebel forces, is a great loss for Chad and for the whole of Africa.

On behalf of the Congolese and African people, the President of the Republic sends his most saddened condolences to the government of the Republic of Chad, to its people and to the biological family of the deceased.’

Chad’s President Idriss Deby’s death was on Tuesday announced by the army spokesman, who said ‘Deby has died while visiting troops on the front line of a fight against northern rebels.’

According to provisional results announced Monday evening by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) of the central African nation, Incumbent Chadian President Idriss Deby won the absolute majority in the first round of the presidential election, held on April 11.

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