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Germany retaliates, expels Chadian ambassador

Germany has ordered Chad’s ambassador to the country to leave within 48 hours.

The expulsion of the Chadian envoy came hot on the heels of the decision of the government in N’Djamina to expel Berlin’s ambassador to the Central African country.

“In response to the unfounded expulsion of our Ambassador to Chad, we today summoned the Chadian Ambassador in Berlin, Mariam Ali Moussa, and called on her to leave Germany within 48 hours. We regret that it had to come to this,” the foreign ministry on Tuesday said in a tweet.

A few days ago, the German ambassador to Chad, Gordon Kricke, was expelled from the country.

The Chadian Communications Ministry said the decision was a result of “non-respect of diplomatic customs”.

Reuters reported two unnamed Chadian government sources as saying that the expulsion was due to Mr Kricke’s critical comments about delayed elections and a court decision allowing interim military leader, Mahamat Idriss Deby to run for political office.

Writing by Muzha Kucha; Editing by Tony Okerafor