Chad’s President Idriss Déby has passed on unexpectedly in conflicts with rebels in the north of the country at the end of the week, the military has said on state TV.
His demise came soon after temporary political race results which projected he would win a 6th term in office, with 80% of the vote.
The public authority and parliament have been broken up. A military gathering will oversee for the following year and a half.
Mr Déby came to control in an equipped uprising in 1990.
He had gone to the cutting edge at the end of the week to visit troops engaging dissidents based across the line in Libya.