Malawi expels British diplomat after criticising president

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Malawi has declared Britain's top diplomat to the southern African nation "persona non grata" after his criticism of the president was leaked to the press, diplomats said Wednesday.

"I am sorry to pass on the news that the Malawi Government has officially informed the Foreign and Commonwealth Office today (Tuesday) that Fergus (Cochrane-Dyet) is being declared persona non grata," British high commission vice-consul Lindsay McConaghy wrote in a memo, a copy of which has been by AFP.

The row revolves around a leaked memo in which Cochrane-Dyet said Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika was becoming "ever more autocratic and intolerant of criticism."

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