Chad president-elect, Marshal Idriss Déby Itno has died.
He was aged 68.
TOS News gathered that he was killed on Tuesday while commanding his forces against the rebels.
Chadian electoral commission on Monday announced that Idriss Deby, who has been in power for 30 years won a sixth term in office.
President Deby who campaigned for peace and security in the country was re-elected with 79.32% of the votes cast.
The result was released on Monday shortly after the army said it had defeated a rebellion launched on Election Day April 11. The Chadian Army said it killed more than 300 enemies and took 150 as prisoners. The army added that they lost five soldiers in the fight.
Mr. Deby’s former Prime Minister, Albert Padacke, came second with 10.32% of the votes cast while the first woman to run in a presidential election in Chad, Lydie Beassemda, came third with 3.16% of the votes.
Meanwhile, the campaign director of President Deby, Mahamat Zen-Bada said on Monday that the president who was expected to give a victory speech to his supporters had gone to visit Chadian soldiers on the front lines.
“The candidate would have liked to have been here to celebrate but right now, he is alongside our valiant defense and security forces to fight the terrorists threatening our territory,” Mr Zen-Bada said.
Marshal Idriss Déby Itno was born on June 18, 1952. He was head of the ruling Patriotic Salvation Movement.
Deby was of the Bidyat clan of the Zaghawa ethnic group.
He took power by leading a rebellion against President Hissène Habré in December 1990 and survived various rebellions and coup attempts against his own rule.
Déby won elections in 1996 and 2001, and after term limits were eliminated, he won again in 2006, 2011, 2016, and 2021. He added “Itno” to his surname in January 2006.
He was a graduate of Muammar Gaddafi’s World Revolutionary Center. Several international media sources have described Déby’s multi-decade rule as authoritarian.