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Chad’s military announced on April 20 that strongman president Idriss Déby had died from injuries suffered a day earlier while visiting his forces battling rebels in the country’s north.

For most of his 30 years in power Déby epitomised what is hindering the development of several African nations — a retrograde ruler who gains cover to loot their own country by pitching it to the West as a “stable partner” in the fight against terrorism...

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