Germany’s Foreign Office says the move is a response to Gordon Kricke’s ‘unfounded expulsion’ from the country
The German government ordered Chad’s Berlin envoy to leave the country, reacting to what he called “groundless expulsionof his own ambassador.
“We regret that it had to come to this.“, said the German Foreign Ministry in a tweet on Tuesday, after summoning Mariam Ali Moussa and “ordered her to leave Berlin within 48 hours.”
German Gordon Kricke was expelled from the Central African country in a similar decision last Friday over allegations of “non-respect of diplomatic customs.”
According to the media, the expulsion of the German ambassador was prompted by criticism of the current authorities in Chad. Sources in Chad’s government told Reuters that Kricke’s comments about the postponement of elections and a court ruling allowing the interim military chief to run for political office were the real reasons for his expulsion. Meanwhile, according to AFP, a Chadian government source said Kricke was “intervene too muchin the affairs of the country and making divisive remarks.
Kricke arrived in Germany on Sunday after being deported by colleagues at N’Djamena International Airport, according to local media.
The German Foreign Office praised Kricke, saying he had done his job”in an exemplary manner and advocated for human rights and the rapid transition to civilian government in Chad.”
After his father died on the battlefield in 2021, Mahamat Idriss Deby took over as leader of Chad and initially promised to hold elections within 18 months. The deadline was later extended by two years, pushing the elections back to October 2024. The move sparked protests, leaving dozens of civilians killed.
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