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Chad Leader’s Son Takes Power as U.S. Urges Legal Transition

  • President Deby died of wounds sustained in battle, army says
  • Military council led by Deby’s son to rule for 18 months
General Mahamat Idriss Deby during a state television broadcast announcing the death of his father, on April 20.
General Mahamat Idriss Deby during a state television broadcast announcing the death of his father, on April 20.Source: Tele Tchad via AP Photo

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The son of Chadian President Idriss Deby took control of the oil-producing nation after the death of his father, a key ally of western efforts to quell Islamist insurgencies, as the U.S. urged a lawful transition of power.