Chadian President Idriss Deby has been killed on the frontline of fight between his Army and the rebels in the nation’s northern part.
The Chadian leader, who came to power in 1990 in a coup against former President Hissène Habré, was killed in a day after his re-election for the sixth term.
Deby took 79.3 per cent of the vote in the April 11 presidential election as the provisional results showed.
The spokesman for the Chadian Army, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna, on the state television on Tuesday, said: “Deby (68) has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield.”
He said Deby’s son, General Mahamat Kaka, the has been named the interim head of the state.
The government and parliament have been dissolved.
A military council will govern for the next 18 months.
Deby reportedly postponed his victory speech to supporters and instead went to visit Chadian soldiers battling rebels.
The rebel group, Front for Change and Concord in Chad, which is based across the northern frontier with Libya, attacked a border post on election day and then advanced hundreds of kilometres south.
But it suffered a setback over the weekend.
Last week, Chad’s military spokesman Agouna, told the Reuters news agency that army troops killed more than 300 fighters and captured 150 on Saturday in Kanem province, around 300 kilometres from the capital Ndjamena.