The Benin Republic government says it has expelled the European Union’s ambassador Oliver Nette over what it called political interference.
A statement from the president’s office says, the country had nothing against the European Union E.U., but that the ambassador Nette was “harmful”.
An official in Benin said Nette interfered too much in domestic affairs by constantly calling on civil society to protest against the government.
Benin is not the only African country to go down the path of expelling diplomats. Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia have in the last few months thrown out ambassadors. Rwanda ‘expelled’ German ambassador in march 2019. Somalia sacked UN envoy over interference with sovereignty. DRC ordered EU envoy to leave in December 2018. Burundi closed UN offices in the country
This is some of the reasons a diplomat could be expelled as contained in diplomats and the Vienna convention agreement. Diplomats are often granted certain privileges and immunities to ensure they may effectively carry out their duties, and also allow for maintenance of government relations, including during periods of difficulties and armed conflict.
While diplomats may not be prosecuted by the host countries, they can be ordered to leave, often within a short period of time.
Article nine of the Vienna convention says the host country can declare any member of foreign diplomatic sta