Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has underlined the UN’s solidarity with Chad following the death of the country’s leader, announced on Tuesday.
NEW YORK, USA, April 21, 2021,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/-President Idriss Déby died from injuries sustained in clashes with rebels in the north over the weekend, according to State media reports.
The Secretary-General was deeply saddened to learn of his death, UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.
‘A key partner’
“President Déby Itno was a key partner for the United Nations and made significant contributions to regional stability, particularly as part of efforts to combat terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime in the Sahel”, the statement said.
President Déby, 68, had been in power for more than three decades. The announcement of his death came a day after provisional results of elections held on 11 April showed he would win a sixth term in office.
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