Chad’s President Idriss Déby has died of his injuries following clashes with rebels in the north of the country.
The announcement came a day after provisional election results projected he would win a sixth term in office.
The government and parliament have been dissolved. A curfew has also been imposed and the borders have been shut.
Déby was 68 years and had spent three decades in power also was recognized as one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.
A military council led by Déby’s son Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno a 37-year-old holder of four-star general, will govern the country for the next 18 months.