Updates: Chadian President Dies On Frontlines – Curfew Imposed, Borders Shut

In this file photo taken on February 06, 2008, Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno gives a press conference after a meeting with French Defence Minister Herve Morin (not in photo), in Ndjamena during an official visit to Chad. PHOTO: MARCO LONGARI / AFP


Welcome to our live updates on happenings in Chad following the death of long-time President Idriss Deby.

The newly re-elected President died of injuries on Tuesday while fighting rebels in the north of the Sahel country.

The shocking announcement came only the day after the 68-year-old was proclaimed the winner of a presidential election that had given him a sixth term in office.

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. Read more