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Idriss Deby: Warlord in Chad’s elusive peace

Reading Time: 5 minutes Image Credits: REUTERS/Oredje Narcisse. In picture above: People drive past a Chad army tank near the presidential palace, after Chad’s President Idriss Deby, who ruled the country for more than 30 years and was an important Western ally, was killed on the frontline in a battle against rebels in the north, in N’djamena, Chad April Read More…

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Thousands gather to wish Chad’s slain president “a deserved rest”

Reading Time: 2 minutes Image Credits: Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool/REUTERS. Thousands of people gathered at the main square in Chad’s capital N’Djamena on Friday to pay their respects to the late President Idriss Deby, who was killed while leading his troops against a rebel offensive on Monday. French President Emmanuel Macron, Guinean President Alpha Conde and several other African leaders Read More…

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France defends Chad military takeover as needed to ensure stability

Reading Time: 2 minutes Image Credits: REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly, BBC/REUTERS. France’s foreign minister on Thursday defended a military takeover in Chad despite objections from the opposition there, saying it was necessary for security amid “exceptional circumstances”. The son of Chad’s slain leader Idriss Deby took over as president and armed forces commander on Wednesday and dissolved the government and parliament Read More…

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Rebels threaten to march on capital as Chad reels from president’s battlefield death

Reading Time: 3 minutes Image Credits: REUTERS/Oredje Narcisse, BBC/REUTERS. Rebel forces set their sights on Chad’s capital on Wednesday following the battlefield death of President Idriss Deby, a move that threatens to bring even more turmoil to a country vital to international efforts to combat Islamist militants in Africa. A spokesman for the Libyan-based rebel group, known as the Read More…