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Zambia Wants U.S. Ambassador Out for Defending Gay Couple

  • Two men in consensual relationship sentenced to 15 years
  • U.S. provides $500 million in annual aid to the country
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Zambian President Edgar Lungu wants the U.S. ambassador to leave the country after the diplomat criticized the African state for sentencing a gay couple to 15 years behind bars for having a consensual relationship.

“We have complained officially to the American government, and we are waiting for their response because we don’t want such people in our midst,” Lungu said Sunday in comments broadcast on state-owned ZNBC TV. “We want him gone.”