Yesterday, Central Africa and Chad sent out shocking news. President Idriss Déby visited his troops in the western part of the country, but was seriously injured in the battle with the insurgents. He died on a helicopter while returning to the capital.
Because of the remote areas where the fighting took place, it is difficult to determine the exact circumstances of the incident. In addition to the official statement from the army, unconfirmed reports also circulated that the 68-year-old Derby was killed by bullets from his own soldiers.
In any case, with the death of Déby, Chad lost a leader, and although he was a dictator, he provided decades of stability. With his death, not only Chad, but the entire Sahel region is plunged into uncertainty.
Derby has been in power in Chad since 1990, when he launched a coup with the support of neighboring Libya and Sudan.In the past few years, he has received military training in France, including in the famous War College.
“Derby is known as a smart strategist,” said Gerbert van der Aa, a journalist who specializes in the surrounding area of Chad. Although other countries in the region have been attacked by the terrorist organizations Boko Haram and Al Qaeda for many years, it has never been a real problem in Chad. By spending a lot of money on the military, Derby managed to stop this scum.”
During his reign, the coup attempt and his life attempt shocked Derby several times for decades. Although he always came out unscathed, the president still could not finally quell the turmoil in his country.
This instability is very likely to kill him. According to official reports, Derby has become a victim of the “facts” of the anti-government organization, which is trying to take over the power of Chad from Libya.
Van derya explained: “Many of the fighters were originally mercenaries hired by the Libyan government or other armed groups there. They raised funds and weapons for the fighting.” “Subsequently, those insurgent movements managed to train and organize themselves in Libya, carrying them from time to time. A large number of soldiers and equipment crossed the border.”
Son of success
After delivering the news of Derby’s death, the military immediately announced that his 37-year-old son had been appointed as his successor. Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno must maintain stability in the country during the 18-month transition period. The military then promised “free and democratic” elections.
The opposition party in Chad expressed dissatisfaction with the situation and was talking about a coup. Van der Aa thinks, but there is also criticism in Déby’s own team. “Chad is officially a parliamentary democracy. After the death of the president, various procedures are applicable. These procedures are not yet followed. Among the Chadian elite, some people think this is too much.”
In any case, Déby Junior High is in a disadvantaged position. The fact group of the rebel group said that they did not agree with the transfer of power. The organization says it is moving from the north to the capital, Ndjamena, to appoint a new leader there.
The uncertainty of the upcoming period will not only affect Chad, but also the entire region. Thanks to a powerful army, President Derby is considered an important ruler of the Sahel region, which has been working hard to resist attacks by Islamic terrorist organizations for many years. Chadian soldiers are known as die-hard fighters and are an important link in the international struggle against these extremists. The Army also worked closely with France to carry out the UN mission in Mali.
Earlier, we made a video about extremism in the Sahel:
Van Deya believes that if Derby’s son continues to be the leader, he is unlikely to immediately change his father’s military strategy. “But if the insurgents from Libya really march towards the capital in large numbers, soldiers may be needed there.
In the long run, the question is how well Chad’s new ruler performed before the elections. Is he continuing the authoritarian line of his father, or is he showing that he is a supporter of truly free elections in which all opposition parties participate?
The vice chairman of the Transitional Military Council said that in any case, the struggle over who has power in Chad has not yet taken place. He counted on the army to prevent “the country from falling into chaos and anarchy.”