Chad junta leader becomes a five-star army general

Chad junta leader Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno has moved up to a higher rank in the military, from a lieutenant general to a general.

On Wednesday, the Chadian leader wore five stars on his uniform and beret as he arrived at a venue outside the presidential palace in a five-star command car.

He previously had four stars, as a lieutenant general.

The presidency’s head of protocol sent a press release on Thursday informing state institutions and the public of the changes.

The junta leader came to power after the death of his father, Idriss Déby Itno, in April. His father had been president since 1990.

Only his father had the rank of a five-star military general before his death.

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