April 2, 2023

Mexico’s president says Peru’s former chief was illegally overthrown, prompting rebuke from present Peruvian president.

Peru’s President Dina Boluarte has ordered the “definitive elimination” of the nation’s ambassador to Mexico after rebuking Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for once more voicing his help for her overthrown predecessor.

The transfer comes after Lopez Obrador instructed a information convention on Friday that “Mexico will proceed to help [Castillo] who was unjustly and illegally faraway from workplace”.

López Obrador, who has been one in every of Castillo’s most fervent supporters together with leftist leaders in Bolivia, Argentina and Colombia, additionally referred to Boluarte as a “spurious president”.

Castillo was impeached and arrested on December 7 final yr after looking for to dissolve Congress. He was changed by then-vice president Boularte the identical day.

Asserting the ambassador’s withdrawal in a televised handle, Boularte mentioned “diplomatic relations between Peru and Mexico are formally decreased to the extent of cost d’affaires”.

She added that Lopez Obrador has “determined to help the coup d’etat carried out by the now former president Pedro Castillo on December 7, 2022”.

“I strongly reject the remarks made at the moment by the president of Mexico on Peru’s inside affairs and his repeated unacceptable questioning of the constitutional and democratic origins of my authorities,” she mentioned.

Peru had already expelled the Mexican ambassador to the nation on the finish of December, after Mexico granted political asylum to Castillo’s spouse and two sons.

Castillo’s elimination led to weeks of protest which have left no less than 60 individuals lifeless, in keeping with Peru’s ombudsman’s workplace.

Boularte’s authorities has been criticized for violently cracking down on the demonstrations led by supporters of Castillo, who’ve maintained a robust base amongst poor rural voters and disenfranchised indigenous teams.

Amnesty Worldwide mentioned 48 of the deaths through the unrest have been the results of “state repression”.

Boularte initially mentioned she would keep in workplace till Castillo’s time period resulted in 2026, however the vote was later moved as much as April 2024.

She has since supported shifting the vote to December 2023, nevertheless, efforts to take action have repeatedly failed within the nation’s deeply divided Congress.

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