General Mahamat Kaka, son of late President Idriss Deby of Chad, has been named interim Head of State, an army spokesman announced on Tuesday.
This followed the death of his father, President Deby who died of injuries he suffered on the frontline while fighting rebels in the north of the Sahel country.
Chad’s army has also imposed a curfew in the country, shut all of the nation’s borders and dissolved government and parliament after announcing the death of longtime the late long time president.
The Late Idriss Deby who came to power in a rebellion in 1990, was newly re-elected President of Chad as he won a sixth term, based on provisional election results released on Monday. Deby took 79.3 percent of the vote in the April 11 presidential election, the results showed.
Deby postponed his victory speech to supporters and instead went to visit Chadian soldiers on the frontlines, according to his campaign manager.
Sadly, Deby, 68, “breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield”, army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read out on state television.