News of the shocking death of President Chadian Idriss Deby has expressed concern and condolences as world powers mourn the departure of an ally seen as important in the fight against termites. Security threats in the Sahel region.
In a statement on Tuesday, Chad’s military said Deby died wounds during a visit to the front lines of the country, where government troops are fighting rebels on the strong border with Libya.
Deby, who has run Central Africa since taking power in a coup in 1990, there is a date before securing a sixth consecutive term in office.
His 37-year-old son, four-star General Mahamat Idriss Deby, was appointed interim leader of an 18-month military transition committee.
Here’s how the world responded to news of Deby’s death:
France expressed regret over Deby’s departure and said it had noticed the creation of an interim military agency, urging a quick return to civilian rule and a peaceful transition.
“France has lost a brave friend,” President Emmanuel Macron’s office said in a statement. “It demonstrates a strong attachment to Chad’s territorial integrity and integrity.”
After a new transitional military council led by one of Deby’s sons pledged to hold elections for 18 months, French Foreign Minister Le Drian warned that the delay should be “limited”.
The White House offers “sincere condolences” to the people of Chad about Deby’s death.
“We condemn the recent violence and the loss of life in Chad,” a White House spokesman said in a statement.
“We support a peaceful transition of power in line with the Chadian constitution.”
African Union head Moussa Faki Mahamat, former Chadian Prime Minister, said he was deeply grieved by Deby’s death, offering condolences to his family.
Faki, who served as Chad’s prime minister from 2003 to 2005, said: “I was deeply disappointed and moved to hear that President Idriss Deby Itno passed away today.
He called Deby “a great politician and recognized military leader. My condolences and sincere condolences to the Chadian people and his family ”.
The head of the European Union’s foreign affairs division, Josep Borrell, expressed condolences to the Chadian family, government and people.
“The EU calls on all stakeholders to act responsibly, with the immediate priority being the stability of the country and the region,” Borrell said.
Meanwhile, European Council President Charles Michel said that “stability, and security [territorial] the integrity of the country must be preserved. “
Volkan Bozkir, president of the United Nations General Assembly, tweeted his “most sincere condolences”.
My condolences to the people of Chadian people regarding the death of Sir Idriss Deby Itno, President of the Republic, Head of State, Commander in Chief of the Supreme Army, who has just been re-elected. I will soon summon one #UNGA the meeting to commemorate him. his
– Volkan BOZKIR (@volkan_bozkir) April 20, 2021
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent his condolences on Twitter, praising “Deby’s daring leadership and … his historic decision to renew Chad’s relationship with Israel”.
In neighboring Mali, also in the midst of a military regime transition, Interim President Bah Ndaw expressed “deep sadness” at the news of Deby’s “brutal death”.
He called it “a heavy blow, not only for Chad for which he sacrificed the most, but also for the Sahel and Africa,” where the two countries are allied against threats from various threats. armed group.
With his “participation and vision, he contributed to a more united and strong Africa”.
In an official statement, President Mohamed Bazoum and the government in neighboring Niger praised “Deby’s personal participation in the fight against terrorism and stabilizing the Sahel-Sahara region”.
The statement also reassured the Chadian people of “commitment to cooperation with them for the peace and stability of the G5 Sahel States and the States bordering Lake Chad”.
Senegal President Macky Sall honored “Deby’s memory and contribution to stability in the Sahel”.