Breaking: Son of Late Chadian Leader Named Interim Head of State Minutes after President's Death

Breaking: Son of Late Chadian Leader Named Interim Head of State Minutes after President's Death

- The Republic of Chad has announced an interim head of the state following the death of its president, Idriss Deby

- General Mahamat Kaka, Deby's son will take over the presidency, according to an announcement by the country's army on Tuesday, April 20

- The Chadian leader died of injuries suffered while fighting a rebel group in the northern part of the country

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Minutes after the death of Chadian leader, Idriss Deby, an interim president has been named by the country's transitional council of military officers.

Al-Jazeera reports that General Mahamat Kaka, the son of the deceased Chadian leader, has been revealed as the country's interim head of the state.

The army spokesman General Azem Bermendao Agouna made the disclosure in a broadcast on state television on Tuesday, April 20, Gulf Times reports.

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Breaking: Son of Deceased Chadian President Named Interim Head of State
General Mahamat Kaka, son of late President Deby has been named Chad's interim head of the state. Photo credit: Mary Altaffer-Pool
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The newly-elected leader died of injuries suffered on the frontline a day after he won a sixth term as the country's presidential election results were just released on Monday, April 19.

Deby's death is coming barely a month after John Magufuli, the president of Tanzania, died at the age of 61.

Magufuli's death was reportedly announced on Wednesday, March 17, by the vice president, Samia Suluhu Hassan.

His death also came five months after he won a second term election. The late president had attracted widespread criticism for his denial of the coronavirus pandemic.

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In a related development, the death of Tanzania's president drew attention to the broader issue of how African nations manage successions when their leaders die while still in service.

Tanzania's Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in as the sixth president of the country a day after she announced the death of President Magufuli.

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Suluhu, who read three oaths, took the oath of office at State House Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Friday, March 19. The new president, dressed in red and black, then proceeded to inspect a guard of honour mounted by the Tanzania Defence Forces.

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