World leaders mourn former Chad President Idriss Deby

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Chad President Idriss Deby. /VCG

The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed his profound condolences to the family of the late President of Chad, the people and Government of Chad.

In a statement, Guterres said, “President Déby Itno was a key partner for the United Nations and made significant contributions to regional stability, particularly as part of efforts to combat terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime in the Sahel”.

“In these difficult times, the United Nations stands with the Chadian people in their efforts to build a peaceful and prosperous future.”

The President of the UN General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, has also expressed his condolences to the people of Chad.

“The President said he would soon convene a General Assembly meeting to pay tribute to Mr. Deby’s memory,” his Spokesperson, Brenden Varma, said during his daily briefing from New York.

The French presidency also said Deby was a “courageous friend” of France and a “great soldier” who worked tirelessly for the security of his country.

The statement from the Elysee Palace also emphasised the importance of “stability and territorial integrity” for Chad while urging that the post-Deby transition take place in “peaceful conditions”.

Cameroonian President Paul Biya also tweeted saying, “The death of Marshal Idriss Deby Itno is an immense loss for Chad, Central Africa and our continent, which he will have served relentlessly.”

https://twitter.com/PR_Paul_BIYA/status/1384518844224614400?s=20

President Déby, 68, had been in power for more than three decades.  The announcement of his death came a day after provisional results of elections held on 11 April showed he won a sixth term in office.

 

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