Idriss Déby: Funeral held for late Chad president

Deby was killed on Monday 19 April in a battle against rebels who had invaded from the north, plunging the country into turmoil

The state funeral of Chad’s long-serving President Idriss Déby is being held after he was killed by rebels.

Among the foreign leaders is France’s President Emmanuel Macron, for whom Chad is a key ally in the fight against jihadists in region.

Friday’s ceremony saw a military march-past and a speech by his son, Gen Mahamat “Kaka” Déby Itno, who the army has named as the country’s new leader.

He vowed to “stay loyal to the memory” of his father. Gen Déby also said he and his family would continue the legacy of “dialogue, forgiveness, peace, unity” that the late president was “admired for”.

After the ceremony in N’Djamena, Déby will be buried in his native region. The army says President Déby died in a battle with a dissident army rebel group, called Fact, in the country’s north on Tuesday.

Other visiting heads of state include the leaders of Guinea, Mali, Mauritania and Nigeria – who have all ignored warnings from the rebels that they should not attend for security reasons.

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