Idriss Déby Itno offered Chadians great hope, but ended up leaving a terrible legacy

Chadian President Idriss Deby

In this file photo taken on November 12, 2019, Chadian President Idriss Deby attends the plenary session of the Paris Peace Forum. 

Photo credit: Ludovic Marin | Pool | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Déby used the oil revenues to secure his leadership: a big portion of the revenue from oil went into the pockets of his Zaghawa clan and close allies who took central positions in military and society.

The death of Chadian president Idriss Déby Itno from injuries sustained on the battlefield just days before he was to start his sixth term in office has been met with shock and incredulity. The Chadian military announced immediately that it would form a transition government headed by Déby’s 37-year-old son, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, for the next 18 months. Like his father, Mahamat is highly ranked in the military. He is a decorated general.

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