Chad President Idriss Deby Itno died in fight against rebels Tuesday

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Chad President Idriss Deby Itno, 68-year-old, former army commander-in-chief ,died in fight against rebels who opposed his rule on a battlefield Tuesday, just hours after electoral officials had declared him the winner of an April 11 presidential election. He campaigned on a platform of bringing peace and security to the region. However there were unhappiness over his government’s management of Chad’s oil resources. He had been in power for 30 years. Over the years Deby had survived numerous armed rebellions and managed to stay in power. For years, President Déby was the West’s indispensable ally in the war against Islamist militants. Chad became an oil-producing nation in 2003, with the completion of a $4bn (£2.87bn) pipeline linking its oilfields to terminals on the Atlantic coast.

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On the day of his death Deby had gone to the front line, several hundred kilometres north of the capital N’Djamena, at the weekend to visit troops battling rebels. The latest clashes began on Saturday.The rebels are believed to have armed and trained in neighboring Libya. The government and parliament have been dissolved. A curfew has also been imposed and the borders have been shut. An 18-month transitional council will now be led by Deby’s 37-year-old son, four star general Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno. The military called for calm, instituting a 6 p.m. curfew. “Free and democratic” elections will be held once the transition period is over, the army said in its statement.