Chad’s ambassador to Germany has been expelled in retaliation for the Central African country’s expulsion of the European nation’s envoy last week.
The German foreign ministry said on Tuesday that Chadian Mariam Ali Moussa must leave the country within 48 hours.
“We regret that it has come to this,” Germany’s foreign ministry tweeted.
Jan-Christian Gordon Kricke, the German ambassador to Chad, fled the nation last Saturday after the military administration ousted him.
Chad expelled Mr Kricke from the country for his “impolite attitude” and “lack of respect for diplomatic customs.”
The Chadian government‘s brief announcement provided no further specifics concerning the basis for his removal.
He has been critical of the military-led government in power since April 20, 2021.
According to German officials, Chad did not officially clarify the reasons for the ambassador’s removal.
“Ambassador Kricke exercised his office in N’Djamena in an exemplary manner and has worked for human rights and the rapid transition to a civilian government in Chad,” the German ministry stated.
Gen Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, who ascended to power following the death of his father, Idriss Déby Itno, in 2021, is Chad’s interim leader for an 18-month term.
Last year’s ballot plans were formally postponed in October, sparking popular outrage. Chad’s military administration has announced that presidential elections will be held next year.