President Deby’s death paves way for son to take over as Chad’s Interim President

The death of President Idris Deby of Chad has pave way for emergence of his son, Mahamat Kaka, as Interim President of the country as announced by a transitional council of military officers.

Penpushing reports that, the 68 year old late President who was reported Monday to have won a sixth term, died while on the frontline during a battle against rebels who were advancing on the country’s capital, Ndjamena

The deceased came to power in a rebellion in 1990 and was one of Africa’s longest-ruling leaders, surviving numerous coup attempts and rebellions and has ruled his country for more than 30 years.

Penpushing further reports that, late Deby was an important Western ally in the fight against militants in Africa, and had postponed his victory speech to supporters on Monday and instead went to visit Chadian soldiers on the frontlines.

The profile of the deceased stated that he was born on June 18, 1952, in Berdoba, a village in Fada, Northern Chad. He belongs to the Bidayat clan of the Zaghawa ethnic group, and attended Quranic and French school before joining the Lycee Jacques Moudeina in Bongor where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in science.

Penpushing reports that, Deby joined the army officers schools in N’Djamena, and thereafter, attended several training programmes including a professional pilot course, and  became the President of Chad in 1990.

The late President came into power by leading a rebellion against his predecessor, President Hissene Habre, in December 1990, and  has survived several rebellions and coup attempts against his own rule, while until his death was the head of the ruling Patriotic Salvation Movement .

Penpushing further reports that Deby won elections in 1996 and 2001, while after the elimination of term limits; he won again in 2006, 2011, 2016 and 2021, and known to have been married several times and has at least a dozen children.

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