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Chadian Army has announced Idriss Deby 37-year-old son, Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, a Four-Star General, as the new Leader of the country.

Deby died on the battlefield after three decades in power, the Army announced on state television on Tuesday.

The shocking announcement came after the 68-year-old was proclaimed the winner of a Presidential election that had given him a sixth term in office.

The army said Deby has been commanding his Army at the weekend as it battled against rebels who had launched a major incursion into the north of the country on election day.

Deby “has just breathed his last breath defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield,” Army Spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read out on State Television.

Deby, 68, had ruled Chad for three decades but was a key ally in the West’s anti-jihadist campaign in the troubled Sahel region.

On Monday, the Army had claimed a “great victory” in its battle against the rebels from neighbouring Libya, saying it had killed 300 fighters, with the loss of five soldiers in its own ranks during eight days of combat.

Deby would have been one of the longest-serving Leaders in the world, after provisional results showed him winning the April 11 election.

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