The President of Peru, Dina Boluarte has recalled the Peruvian ambassador to Mexico, following criticism from Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
She also reduced the level of Peru’s relations with that country.
“The Government of Peru has ordered the definitive withdrawal of its ambassador in the United Mexican States.
“Thus, diplomatic relations between Peru and Mexico are formally at the level of Charge d’Affaires,” Peruvian presidency said on Twitter.
Earlier, the Mexican president had described Boluarte as a “false” president.
Obrador pointed out that Boluarte only has 15 per cent support, while 90 per cent of Peruvians reject members of parliament.
In December 2022, Obrador’s statements about the situation in Peru led to the expulsion of Mexican Ambassador to Peru, Pablo Monroy Conesa, from Lima.
Conesa was declared persona non-grata.
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Earlier this month, the Peruvian parliament approved a motion to declare Colombian President Gustavo Petro persona non grata in response to his statements comparing the Peru police to Nazis.
In December last year, Peru’s parliament impeached former President Pedro Castillo.
Then-Prime Minister, Dina Boluarte, took an oath as the country’s new president within two hours of the impeachment vote.
Boluarte vowed to serve out the rest of Castillo’s term, which runs until July 2026.
Castillo, who had tried to dissolve the parliament before the vote, was arrested after the impeachment procedure.
The Peruvian prosecutor’s office, thereafter, launched a criminal case against him on charges of a coup attempt and crimes against the state.
The cascade of events sparked a wave of protests across the country.
Demonstrators denounced the post-impeachment government, calling for an immediate presidential election and dissolution of the country’s parliament.
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