According to statements made by Chad’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mahamat Saleh Annadif to AFP on Sunday, the German ambassador to Chad was expelled from the country on Saturday evening after being declared persona non grata for “discourteous behavior.” The government of Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno asked the diplomat to leave the country within the next 48 hours because he was “not following diplomatic practices.” This request was made on Friday.
Jan Christian Gordon Kricke, the German ambassador to Chad, boarded the Air France flight on Saturday evening, according to Annadif, who spoke to AFP about the incident. Aziz Mahamat Saleh, who is the official spokesman for the government, checked the information for AFP. Officially, the authorities did not say why the people were kicked out of the country.
N’Djamena is said to blame the envoy for “interfering too much” in the “governance of the country” and for making “comments that tend to divide the Chadians,” according to a government official who spoke anonymously to AFP on behalf of the Chadian government. On Friday, a representative from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it was “absolutely not clear” why the country’s ambassador, who had been in his job since July 2021, was kicked out.
The new strongman in N’Djamena promised that after 18 months, he would give power back to the civilian population through “free and democratic elections.” But after this time, he stayed in power for another two years, promising to meet the demands of a “national reconciliation” forum that the opposition and the main rebel groups had skipped.
When it was announced that the transition period would be extended, the embassies of Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and the EU all expressed “concern.” Since the violent repression of a demonstration against the government on October 20, 2022, which officially left 73 people dead but many more according to NGOs, who also mention “forced disappearances” and “extrajudicial executions,” the main opposition leaders have been in hiding or exile.