Chad will bury its long time leader, Idriss Deby today, April 23rd who died having sustained injuries while fighting some rebels who were threatening his iron grip on power since 1990.
President Emmanuel Macron of France, the former colonial master will attend with some other dignitaries present. Other heads of state include those of immediate neighbours Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, as well as Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The funeral, resplendent with military honours, is billed to take place in the morning in N’Djamena’s main square, La Place de la Nation.
The ceremony is to be followed by prayers at the capital’s Grand Mosque, after which Deby is to be laid to rest alongside his father in the village of Amdjarass next to his birthplace Berdoba, in the far east of the desert country near the border with Sudan.