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Chad funeral for president killed by rebels

Chadian army officers watch from the stands in N’Djamena

The state funeral of Chad’s long-serving President Idriss Déby is being held within the capital N’Djamena.

The military says he died in a battle with dissident military rebels, known as Reality, within the nation’s north on Tuesday.

Quite a lot of international leaders have ignored warnings from the rebels that they need to not attend for safety causes.

Amongst these attending are heads of state from France, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania and Nigeria.

Friday’s ceremony features a army march-past and a speech by his son and the military’s named successor Gen Mahamat “Kaka” Déby Itno.

After the ceremony in N’Djamena, Déby can be buried in his native area.

After the army honours and numerous speeches, a prayer can be stated on the Grand Mosque of N’Djamena, stories the BBC’s Lalla Sy.

Then, within the early afternoon, Mr Déby’s stays can be flown to Amdjarass, a small village subsequent to his hometown of Berdoba, greater than 1,000 km (600 miles) from the capital, close to the Sudanese border.

French President Emmanuel Macron greets President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani next to Niger"s President Mohamed Bazoum after a meeting with African leaders of the Sahel countries as part of the funerals of Chad President Idriss Deby in N"Djamena, Chad, April 22, 2021.

On Thursday, leaders together with the presidents of Niger (L), France and Mauritania met within the capital

Information of his shock demise on Tuesday was met with tributes from quite a few presidents – France’s Emmanuel Macron known as him a “courageous buddy”, Cameroon’s Paul Biya stated he served “tirelessly”, DR Congo’s Felix Tshisikedi known as it a “an incredible loss for Chad and for all of Africa”, Mali’s President Bah Ndaw lamented his “brutal” demise and South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa known as it “disturbing”.

President Déby was a key participant in safety technique within the Sahel area – and Chad is reputed for having one of many best-trained and best-equipped armies within the area.

A army council led by his son, Gen Mahamat Déby Itno took energy after his demise. He solely has partial assist of the military nevertheless he’s backed by former colonial ruler France.

Gen Déby, 37, has stated the military will maintain democratic elections in 18 months, however opposition leaders have condemned his takeover as a “coup” and a military basic stated many officers had been against the transition.

Reality rebels additionally reject it however have known as a brief ceasefire whereas Friday’s funeral takes place.

A crowd gathers to witness the state funeral for the late Chadian president Idriss Deby in N"Djamena, Chad, 23 April 2021. Chad"s President Idriss Deby died of injuries suffered in clashes with rebels in the country"s north, an army spokesperson announced on state television on 20 April 2021. Deby had been in power since 1990 and was re-elected for a sixth term in the 11 April 2021 elections. The state funeral will take place on the morning of 23 April 2021, attended by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Folks have gathered exterior the venue within the capital N’Djamena

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