The president of Libya’s Presidential Council, Mohamed Al-Menfi, ordered the army on Wednesday to take immediate action to secure the country’s southern border with Chad. The move came a day after the death of Chad’s President Idriss Déby.
Al-Menfi’s official directive was posted on Twitter by Najwa Wahiba, the spokeswoman for the council head, who is also the supreme commander of the armed forces in Libya.
According to the directive, Al-Menfi also ordered the army to deal with any “hostile targets” while keeping the Council informed of developments at all times. “The utmost caution, prudence and preparation must be taken to deal with any emergency immediately,” he insisted.
On Tuesday, the army in Chad announced that Déby had died of his injuries following clashes with rebels in the north of the country. No further details were provided.
Déby ruled Chad for nearly 30 years. The announcement of his death came a day after the army officer won a sixth presidential term amid opposition protests.