Security Update – Chad (20 April 2021)
Security forces on Tuesday 20 April announced the death of President Idriss Deby Itno, 68. The Chadian army has disclosed that President Deby has died from injuries sustained in fighting at the frontline. The country’s army is currently combating rebel forces who have launched an assault north of the capital N’Djamena. The announcement of his death comes just a day after officials confirmed that he had won a sixth term in office after a presidential election was held on 11 April.
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Security Update – Chad (19 April 2021)
Over the past several days, several foreign embassies have issued updated travel advice and warnings for Chad in response to the deteriorating security situation in the country. The warnings follow the movement of a rebel group into northern Chad from Libya on 11 April. On 17 April, local officials issued a statement claiming to have repulsed militants in the Kanem Region, located 350 km (217 miles) north of the capital N’Djamena. The heightened tensions in Chad come as the country held its presidential elections on 11 April, with incumbent Idriss Deby likely to win a sixth term in office.
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