Idriss Déby

Idriss Déby: The death of an African warrior

We worry about the Middle East. We pivot toward Asia. As for Latin America, we at least pay attention to Venezuela, Cuba and the countries from which emigrants are streaming north. But Africa? Mostly, we ignore it—even at a time when the slogan “Black Lives Matter” has been painted on...
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Chad’s Rising Tensions After Burial of Late President Idriss Deby

NDJAMENA - An uneasy calm pervades Chad’s capital N’Djamena since Friday’s funeral for President Idriss Deby, who ruled the central African country for more than 30 years. Civilians say handing over power to Deby’s 37-year-old son to lead a transitional military council for 18 months is undemocratic. Inoussa Labarang, 37,...
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Chad after Idriss Déby: African Union urges end to military rule

The African Union has called for an end to military rule in Chad, whose president was killed by rebels. The army immediately announced that Idriss Déby's son would head a military council for 18 months before elections were held. Former colonial power France, which has a large military base in...
PoliticsWashington Post

As Chad buries slain leader Idriss Déby, rebel threat looms

The leaders of France and several African nations gathered Friday in Chad for the funeral of President Idriss Déby, whose three-decade reign met its end this week, sowing more chaos into a region rattled by conflict. The heads of state appeared to signal support for Déby’s son, who rose to...
PoliticsThe Guardian

Chad rebels prepare offensive as president Idriss Déby is buried

Rebels were preparing a new offensive towards the capital of Chad on Friday as dignitaries and supporters paid their final respects to Idriss Déby, the veteran ruler of the central African state, who died earlier this week from wounds sustained “on the battlefield”. The Front for Change and Concord in...

Idriss Déby: Thousands attend funeral of Chad president

Thousands of Chadians attended the state funeral of long-serving President Idriss Déby after he was killed earlier this week during a clash with rebels. Among the foreign leaders there was France's President Emmanuel Macron, for whom Chad is a key ally in the fight against jihadists in region. He addressed...
WorldBrookings Institution

What does President Idriss Déby’s death mean for Chad?

The sudden death of Chad’s President Idriss Déby after 30 years in power has created a governance vacuum that will likely lead to years of instability, says John Mukum Mbaku, unless the military hands power over to the National Assembly, as called for in Chad’s constitution. Related material:. Listen to...

President Idriss Deby's death on the frontlines leaves Chad with an unpredictable future

It's not often that a President travels to the frontlines of his army's clashes with rebels. Idriss Deby, the 68-year old President of Chad did and paid with his life. The exact circumstances of his death are still unclear, but Deby appears to have been shot on April 17 as his troops battled a rebel group in the desert north of the capital N'djamena.
PoliticsWashington Post

Idriss Déby, repressive president who ruled Chad for 30 years, dies at 68

As Chad celebrated 60 years of independence last summer, President Idriss Déby, a former army general who once routed Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s troops in the Sahara Desert, donned white gloves and full dress uniform to receive the honorary rank of marshal. Mr. Déby had by then led Chad for...
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In the wake of Chadian President Idriss Déby's death, a transitional military council will lead the country

For days, as Chad’s military clashed with rebels north of the capital N’djamena, the government fiercely attempted to project a message of calm and control. On Monday, government spokesperson, Ambassador Chérif Mahamat Zene, said, “There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that can justify the panic,” as conflicting reports of continued clashes spread on social media and foreign missions called for their citizens to leave the country.
AfricaHuman Rights Watch

Remembering Chad’s Idriss Deby

I met Chadian president Idriss Déby, who was killed this week, several times. For 30 years, the United States and France backed this authoritarian, corrupt, often brutal ruler in the name of the same regional stability that once caused them to back his more brutal predecessor, Hissène Habré. Without Déby’s...