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Why Chadian Army Dissolved Parliament, Suspended Constitution (VIDEO)

In what appears to be a coup, the Chadian military has successfully executed dissolved the country’s parliament and suspended the constitution.

This followed the death of the country’s leader, President Idris Deby on Tuesday.

Deby, who was 68, died after sustaining injuries sustained while leading the military in a battle against insurgents, according to the army.

But instead for the Speaker of the parliament to hold office for 40 days in the case of the death of the president, as the constitution stipulates, the army said it was dissolving the Chadian parliament, suspending the constitution and naming Idris’ son, Mahamat Kaka, interim president of the country.

The 37-year-old Mr Kaka, a major-general in the Chadian army, will now lead a military council for an 18 months transition period, army spokesperson, Azem Agouna, said.

Deby, who ruled Chad since 1990, died of wounds suffered on the frontline during a battle against rebels in the country’s north who were advancing on the country’s capital, Ndjamena, Agouna said.

Mr Deby was killed a day after he was declared winner of a presidential election that would have given him a sixth term in office.

The exact circumstances of Deby’s death were not immediately clear.

The deceased president had been commanding his army at the weekend as it battled rebels who had launched a major incursion into the north of the country on election day on April 11.

Reports say Deby will go down in history as one of Africa’s longest-ruling leaders, surviving numerous coup attempts and rebellions.

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