Mahamat Kaka, son of late Chadian president declared interim Head of State


General Mahamat Kaka, son of Late President Idriss Deby of Chad, has been named interim Head of State, an army spokesman announced on Tuesday.

37-year-old Mahamat Idriss Deby, who is a four-star general was also announced as the Head of the Military Council.

This followed the death of his father, President Deby who died of injurieshe suffered on the frontline while fighting rebels in the north of the Sahel country.

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The Late Idriss Deby who came to power in a rebellion in 1990, was newly re-elected President of Chad as he won a sixth term, based on provisional election results released on Monday. Deby took 79.3 percent of the vote in the 11 April presidential election, the results showed.

The army said Deby had been commanding his army at the weekend as it battled against rebels who had launched a major incursion into the north of the country on election day.

Deby postponed his victory speech to supporters and instead went to visit Chadian soldiers on the frontlines, according to his campaign manager.

Sadly, Deby, 68-year-old, “breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield”, army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read out on state television.


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