Chad's president Deby dies after fighting rebels, son to take over

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Chad's newly re-elected President Idriss Deby Itno, in power for three decades, died on Tuesday of injuries while fighting rebels in the north of the Sahel country, the army said.

Deby, 68, "has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield" over the weekend, army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read out on state television.

A four-star general who is a son of Chad's slain president Idriss Deby Itno will replace him at the head of a military council, the army announced Tuesday.

"A military council has been set up headed by his son, General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno," the army's spokesman, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna, said on state radio, shortly after the announcement that the newly re-elected president had died of wounds while fighting rebels in the north of Chad.

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