The President of Chad, Idriss Déby has been confirmed dead by the chadian national army. This announcement is coming a day after he won re-election for a sixth term in office.
Idriss was one of the longest serving presidents of the Central African country, having stayed in office for about 30 years. He died at age 68.
It was reported that Idriss died as a result of the many injuries he sustained in a fight with rebels over the weekend.
The president was said to be commanding his army in the battle against the rebels in the far north.
Azem Agouna, a spokesman of the Chadian army, said in a broadcast that the late leader “breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield”.