EU condemns expulsion of Ambassador from Congo

The European Union  has condemned the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo decision to expel its ambassador ahead of the presidential elections on December, 30.

The order for Bart Ouvry to leave within 48 hours was “completely unjustified”, an EU spokesperson said.

Democratic Republic of Congo’s government has ordered the European Union ambassador to leave the country within 48 hours, after the EU prolonged sanctions against the ruling party’s presidential candidate ahead of December 30th election.

Reportedly the foreign minister’s order, calls the ambassador’s comportment “reprehensible” and comes after weeks of pressure by Congo’s government to have the EU sanctions lifted on Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary.

DRC President Joseph Kabila, ending months of speculation in August, has chosen former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary to be his successor in upcoming elections, the government said.

Bart Ouvry (Belgium) studied history and communication sciences. Is a Belgian Diplomat since 1986. Held successively diplomatic postings in Kuwait, in Brussels at the cabinet of the Minister for Foreign Trade, in Vienna to the IAEA, in Brussels at the Permanent Representation to the European Union and later in the Belgian European Coordination service, at the Belgian Embassy in Paris, as a Consul General and Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva.

The EU Ambassador Bart Ouvry posted his best wishes for everyone for Christmas.

Till present there is no comment from the European External Actions Service.

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