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    Chad junta refuses to negotiate with rebels

    "The time is not for mediation, nor for negotiation with outlaws," Azem Bermandoa Agouna, spokesman of the military council that took power last week following the shock death of veteran leader Idriss Deby Itno.

  • Chadian soldiers carry the coffin of the late Chadian president Idriss Deby during the state funeral in N'Djamena on 23 April 2021. Picture: Christophe Petit Tesson/AFP

    Chad bids farewell to Deby as France and allies back his son

    Idriss Deby's coffin, draped in the national flag and surrounded by elite troops, was driven on the back of a pickup truck to the Place de la Nation square for ceremonies attended by foreign leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron.

  • Four Star General and head of the Republican Guard in Chad, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno (C), 37, son of Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno is seen at a polling station in N'djamena, on 11 April 2021. Picture: Marco Longari/AFP

    Deby's son named 'president of the republic' of Chad

    It said General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, 37, who on Tuesday was named transitional leader as head of a military council following his father's death, will "occupy the functions of the president of the republic" and also serve as head of the armed forces.