EU recalls envoy from Tanzania

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The European Union said Saturday that it has recalled its chief representative in Tanzania to Brussels for discussions, following reports he had been asked to leave by the government.

Roeland van de Geer “has been recalled by his headquarters to Brussels to meet next week with senior officials to discuss the situation in Tanzania,” Susanne Mbise, press officer at the EU delegation, told AFP by phone.

The EU, like the United States, has been critical of the government’s rights record and in February it condemned recent incidents it said had tarnished Tanzania’s relatively good record.

February’s statement noted in particular the death of a student killed by a stray bullet fired by police as they broke up an opposition demonstration, and the attempted assassination several…

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