The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed condolences over the death of Chadian President Idris Debi Itno. The publication was posted on the official website of the diplomatic service on Tuesday, April 20.
“The President of the Republic of Chad, Idris Debi Itno, who has held this post since 1990, has died as a result of injuries sustained during a clash between the Chadian government units led by him and the armed opposition Front for Change and Harmony in Chad. We express our deep condolences to the family and friends of I. Debi Itno, as well as to the entire Chadian people, ”the ministry said.
They added that the politician had authority in his country and abroad and made a significant contribution to the development of Chad during his presidency. In addition, the Foreign Ministry stressed that Idris Debi Itno contributed to the maintenance of peace and security in Africa and waged a decisive fight against terrorism and extremism.
The department also noted the contribution of Debi Itno to relations with Russia and the maintenance of bilateral ties between Moscow and N’Djamena.
The President died of injuries sustained in the fighting earlier Tuesday, April 20. A two-week national mourning was declared in the country.
At the same time, a curfew is established throughout the republic from 18:00 to 05:00 local time (from 20:00 to 07:00 Moscow time).
In addition, the military decided to close the country’s land and air borders “until further notice.”
A temporary military council was created in the country, headed by the son of the ex-leader, Lieutenant General Mahamat Idris Debi.
After the elections in the country on April 11, nine days later, it became known that Idris Debi Itno won the presidential elections in Chad for the sixth time. More than 79% of voters cast their votes for the politician. He ruled the country for 30 years.