Long time Chadian president, Idriss Déby, has been shot dead as he led his government’s army in battle against rebels in the north of the country.
Provisional results released by the country’s electoral body on the election held on 11th April projected a landslide victory for him with 80% of the vote in his favour.
The government and parliament have since been dissolved. A military council headed by his son General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno will be in control of the Central African country for the next one and a half years.
The 68 year-old former leader was one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders having served over three decades.
He came to power in December 1990 after overthrowing the Hissène Habré government.