A European Union Ambassador, Oliver Nette, has been reportedly asked to leave Benin by the country’s authorities after she repeatedly disregarded the legitimacy of the President, ABC News can report.
Oliver Nette has until December 1, 2019, to leave Benin, it has been reported.
According to reports, the Beninese government considers her actions as interference in domestic affairs of the country, allegations which go against the protocols that govern diplomatic relations.
A source, who happens to be a Beninese diplomat disclosed, “He has interfered too much in domestic affairs” adding that “He constantly calls on civil society to protest against the government.”
Political tension in Benin has been rising since April after the Parliamentary elections in the country took place.
President Patrice Talon has also come under immense pressure by protestors accusing him of witch-hunting the opposition and competitors to the businesses he owned prior to becoming President.
EU official confirmed the order by the Beninese government but didn’t give further comments.
“For the EU, nothing can justify such a measure in the generally good relations that have existed up until now between the EU and Benin”
“We have demanded as a matter of urgency from our partners in Benin some clarification on the specific reasons for their decision, but we have not received them yet,” the official said, AFP reports.