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Chad: State funeral for Idriss Deby set for Friday

Chad: State funeral for Idriss Deby set for Friday
In this file photo taken on January 13, 2020 Chad's President Idriss Deby arrives to attend a summit on the situation in the Sahel region in the southern French city of Pau   -  
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Chad President Idriss Déby Itno State funeral will take place on Friday; military officials announced on Tuesday, hours after news broke of his death on the battlefield.

Chad's military spokesperson said Tuesday that the president who had been in power for three decades died during a visit to the front lines of the battle against the rebel group.

According to the military council, the funeral will take place “in the presence of heads of state and government of friendly countries”.

The funeral will be held in Ndjamena, the capital, before being taken to his native region in the eastern part of the country, the presidency said.

Some worried about the military takeover in the wake of the president's death and the transfer of power to Deby's son.

Rebels are threatening to depose the son of the slain president after he was named interim leader of the central African nation.

The rebel group that the military blamed for President Idriss Deby Itno's death said its forces were advancing on the capital of N'Djamena.

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