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Kiir declares three days of mourning in the country for Chad’s President

Déby, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, reportedly died in the frontline fighting rebels on Tuesday.

President Salva Kiir has declared three days of mourning following the death of Chadian President Idriss Déby.

According to a statement by president released this afternoon, South Sudan’s flag shall fly at half-mast during this period.


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“President Déby played key role in restoration of peace in our country,” President Kiir’s statement reads in part.

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Gen. Mahamat Idriss Deby, 37, has been named interim president by a transitional council of military officers. He faces fighters of the Libyan-based Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) who killed his father.

Déby, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, reportedly died in the frontline fighting rebels on Tuesday.

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