The son of late Chadian President Idriss Déby took control of the oil-producing nation after the death of his father, a key ally of western efforts to quell Islamist insurgencies, as the US urged a lawful transition of power.

Gen Mahamat Idriss Déby will head a 15-member military council that will lead the former French colony for the next 18 months, army spokesperson Gen Azem Bermandoa Agouna said on state television. The announcement circumvents Chad’s constitution, which requires that elections are held within 90 days in the event that the president’s post becomes vacant...

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