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Newsline: Chad expels German ambassador

Chad’s government ordered the German ambassador to leave the country within 48 hours, it said in a statement. “This decision of the government is motivated by the discourteous attitude and the non-respect of diplomatic customs,” the country’s Communication Ministry said on Twitter. (https://neuters.de/world/africa/chad-orders-german-ambassador-leave-country-2023-04-08/) Two Chadian government sources said on Saturday that Ambassador Gordon Kricke had criticised delays in holding elections after the coup, and a ruling last year that will allow interim military leader Mahamat Idriss Deby to run in elections in 2024. Germany’s foreign ministry did not comment on Kricke’s expulsion, but a source familiar with the ministry’s thinking said the move was “absolutely incomprehensible” and that it was in contact with Chadian authorities.

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