According to a charter issued by the presidency on Wednesday, President Idriss Deby Itno’s 37-year-old son has taken over as president following the death of his father, who ruled Chad for three decades.
Following his father’s death, Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno was elected transitional chief as part of a military council, and would “occupy the duties of the president of the republic” as well as act as head of the armed forces, according to the charter.
Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno then assumed command of a transitional military council and appointed a junta to rule Chad before “open and fair” elections are held in 18 months.
Commander in chief of the all-powerful red-bereted presidential guard or DGSSIE security service for state institutions, he carries the nickname Mahamat “Kaka” or grandmother in Chadian Arabic, after his father’s mother who raised him.
Mahamat is a career soldier, just like his father.
“He has always been at his father’s side. He also led the DGSSIE. The army has gone for continuity in the system,” Kelma Manatouma, a Chadian political science researcher at Paris-Nanterre university, told AFP.