Deby's Death, Security in the Lake Chad Basin and Democracy, By Jibrin Ibrahim
Nigeria, April 23 -- On 2nd December 1990, Deby shot his way into Chad's presidential palace after an epic battle with his former boss and mentor turned enemy, Hisene Habre. For his 30 years in power, it has been a series of rebellions, bloody conflicts, intrigues and coup attempts. Alongside the instability, elections have been holding and he was killed the day after he had been declared winner of the recently concluded election and was to be sworn in for his sixth term. Alas the self-declared Field Marshall was no more. But then as we all know, old soldiers never die, they only fade away, so his 37-year old son, General Mehemet Idriss Deby, organised a coup the same day, suspended the Constitution, dissolved Parliament and set up a ruling...
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