Chadian rebels have reportedly killed the Chad’s President Idris Derby.
Army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read out on state television on Tuesday that Mr Deby, 68, “has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield” over the weekend
He announced the appointment of General Mahamat Kaka, the son of the deceased Chadian leader, has been named interim head of the state.
The news came a day after Deby, who came to power in a rebellion in 1990, won a sixth term, as per provisional election results released on Monday. Deby took 79.3 percent of the vote in the April 11 presidential election, the results showed.
Mr Deby postponed his victory speech to supporters and instead went to visit Chadian soldiers on the frontlines, according to his campaign manager.
The rebel group Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), which is based across the northern frontier with Libya, attacked a border post on election day and then advanced hundreds of kilometres south.