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Peru orders expulsion of Venezuela ambassador

Peru orders expulsion of Venezuela ambassador
From BBC - August 11, 2017

Peru has ordered the expulsion of the Venezuelan ambassador from Lima after Caracas sent an "unacceptable" response to regional condemnation of its new constituent assembly.

The ambassador, Diego Molero, has five days to leave Peru, officials say.

The move comes after a dozen diplomats criticised on Tuesday the "rupture of democratic order" in Venezuela.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump said he would not rule out a military option in the Venezuela crisis.

"We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary," he told reporters.

"We have troops all over the world in places that are very far away. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering and they are dying."

Mr Trump recently imposed sanctions on Venezuela's President Nicols Maduro, accusing him of undermining democracy.

The move by Peru's foreign ministry, announced in a statement on Twitter (in Spanish), follows the condemnation by 11 other major countries in the Americas of Venezuela's controversial constituent assembly.

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