A halo of mystery surrounds Mahamat Idriss Déby, alias "Kaka", son of Idriss Déby and, since his father's death on 18 April, Chad's new head of state. An official biography has been widely distributed since he came to power but needs to be treated with caution with regard to his age, his education and training and his feats on the battlefield.
With the Transitional Military Council (CMT) in the crosshairs since Idriss Déby's death, the Elysée Palace and French foreign ministry have been holding meeting after meeting with the opposition.
Under Idriss Déby, Chad became a major influence in the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR), where it has close links with rebel groups. President Touadéra, who is concerned about the connections of new Chadian strongman "Kaka" in his country, is closely monitoring Déby's son and would-be heir.
The unconstitutional replacement of late Chadian president Idriss Déby by his son Gen Mahamat Idriss Déby has split the African Union into two camps, with some keen to condemn the new ruling military council and others willing to work with the new authorities as soon as possible.
Eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar, less than a year after his failed assault on Tripoli, sees himself as president of a unified Libya. To achieve that goal, he needs to find a successor to lead his army.
Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dabaiba and Presidential Council Vice-President Musa Koni are competing to control Libya's far south after the FACT rebel attack and the death of Chadian President Idriss Déby. The PM is pro-Turkish, while Koni is close to Khalifa Haftar.
On the sidelines of Idriss Déby's state funeral on 23 April, the heads of state present in N'Djamena have united to demand new N'Djamena strongman Mahamat Idriss Déby, aka "Kaka", amend the transition charter they deem 'unacceptable'.
The death of the Chadian president, who had been at the head of the G5 Sahel since February, has left a leadership vacuum. The group's heads of state are expected to meet in N'Djamena on 22 April to convince the Transitional Military Council to hand the presidency to Burkina Faso.
President Idriss Déby's sudden death on 20 April has sent shockwaves throughout Chad and further afield, prompting France to raise its operation Bharkane to maximum alert. Officially, the leader was killed in combat fighting the Fact rebels, but many questions remain on the circumstances leading to his death.
Over the last fortnight the Chadian government has been following with concern the situation in neighbouring Libya, where the military setbacks of General Haftar could leave hundreds of Chadian rebels at a loose end and capable of posing a threat to N'Djamena.
Confronted by the rebels of the Comité d'autodéfense de Miski [...]