Abidjan — Idriss Déby, who ruled Chad for 30 years, died shortly after securing a sixth term as president, and a military council headed by his son immediately assumed power. He was 68.

Déby died of injuries sustained in a battle against rebels, according to a statement read out on state television by Gen Azem Bermandoa Agouna, the army’s spokesperson. The 15-person military council intends governing for 18 months, with Gen Mahamat Idriss Déby [his son] serving as interim head of state...

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