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Chad holds funeral for late President Idris Deby Itno

Thousands of people honored the veteran leader after he was killed in clashes with rebels. His death has pushed Chad into political unrest and alarmed Western powers over losing a key ally.

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25 Apr 2021
What are the chances in 2021 of a world leader dying on the battlefield? Chad's leader of 31 years succumbed to his wounds after once again going to the front. Idriss Deby was one of those African strongmen that seemed to have nine lives. He had gone to face down yet another rebellion or foreign incursion, this time an uprising in the centre-west of that sprawling Sahelian country. Deby's death at 68 was announced one day after coasting to another easy re-election, this time with almost 80 percent of the provisional vote. So whodunnit and why?
24 Apr 2021
In the wake of Idriss Deby's death on the battlefield Monday, the military has consolidated behind the longtime leader's son. He will assume broad powers but not everyone thinks that's a good thing.
24 Apr 2021
Deby was a strongman, hailed by his allies but despised by his people. Experts say his death leaves behind a country torn apart, a region plagued by extremist groups and his Western allies unsure of how to proceed.
24 Apr 2021
In an interview with FRANCE 24, British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace condemned the killing of Chadian President Idriss Deby and said Britain would do everything it could to support its friends such as France, as well as countries in the Sahel that are facing instability and radicalisation. Wallace also touted Franco-British defence projects and underlined that such cooperation will be key for both countries in meeting challenges from Russia and China, as well as non-conventional threats.
23 Apr 2021
Chad's president of three decades dies of wounds on the frontlines of a battle with rebels. Idriss Deby had just been re-elected to a sixth term. Also, the Mozambican town of Palma has been retaken by the army but militants remain a threat and locals' flight southwards continues. We bring you an exclusive report. And in a major step forward for the protection of women and children in Gabon, customary marriages are finally recognised by the state, as our team on the ground reports.
23 Apr 2021
French President Emmanuel Macron paid his respects to Chad's slain President Idriss Deby on Friday (April 23) at the main square in the capital N'Djamena.
23 Apr 2021
French President Macron says he will not let anybody threaten Chad
24 Apr 2021
Chad holds a state funeral for President Idriss Déby Itno, who led the country with an iron fist for 30 years and died Monday 19 April. Deby died from wounds sustained fighting rebels, the army said Tuesday. France and regional allies voiced backing for his son and successor, Mahamat Idriss Deby.
24 Apr 2021
Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno was a major figure in the battle against Islamist extremists in North Africa. His death this week, officially from wounds on the battlefront, leaves the fight without a key ally.
26 Apr 2021
French President Macron is in Chad to attend the funeral of slain leader Idriss Deby Itno.Now France pins its hopes on the country's new leader Mahamat Idriss Deby, but that does not go down well with the opposition.
26 Apr 2021
The FACT rebel group, which has been accused of killing President Idriss Deby, says it is willing to discuss a political settlement for the country's future.
27 Apr 2021
Chad's new military rulers have named Albert Pahimi Padacke as prime minister of a transitional government. Opposition politicians have slammed the move.