Shepherd, partisan, president
The path of Idris Debi Itno – the fifth president of Chad and a fighter in life.
Idris Debi Itno has been the permanent president of Chad since February 28, 1991 and could theoretically rule the country until 2033.
But on April 20, the reign of the former rebel field commander was interrupted by one of the fighters of the already new rebel movement.
Face of Nigeria Blog News traced the life path of Idris Debi – from an exemplary cadet and loyal comrade on the battlefield to an autocrat ruler who knew no mercy towards opponents and concentrated all power in the hands of his family.
80% and one bullet
April 11, 2021 was a fateful day in the history of Chad. On this day, Idris Debi Itno took part in his fifth presidential elections. On the same day, Front for Change and Accord in Chad (FACT) fighters infiltrated the country and were heading for the capital, N’Djamena, to end Itno’s 30-year rule.
The army met the rebels in the north of the country. Fierce fighting broke out between the parties.
The FACT group numbered, according to various estimates, from 700 to 1.5 thousand people when it just crossed the border into Libya.
In the first days, government forces managed to destroy about 300 militants, but they could not quickly end the threat.
The 68-year-old president, who awarded himself the rank of field marshal in 2020, went to the battlefield to personally direct the military operation without waiting for the election results to be announced.
“This is so much like Debi. He is very brave and a bit unconscious at the same time, ” Le Figaro quotes Chad specialist Roland Marshal.
A couple of days later, it was announced that Idris Debi Itno was elected to a sixth presidential term, gaining 79.32% of the vote. At the same time, FACT leaders reported that their fighters managed to seriously injure the president and 14 officers of the Chadian army.
The country’s military leadership remained silent for almost a day and only on Tuesday, April 20, announced the death of the president.
“Idris Debi Itno has just breathed his last while defending the country’s territorial integrity on the battlefield. It is with deep bitterness that we inform the people of Chad about this, ”General Azem Bermandoah Aguna, an official spokesman for the army, said on a local TV channel.