Peru orders Mexico's ambassador to leave country within 72 hours

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Peru declared Mexico's ambassador in Lima "persona non grata" and ordered him to leave the country on December 20, Peru's foreign minister announced, amid heightened tensions between the two countries after Pedro Castillo was ousted as president.

Important facts

  • The order gives Mexico's envoy to the South American country just 72 hours to leave the country.

  • Castillo was removed from office earlier this month after trying to dissolve parliament. He is being investigated in Peru on charges of rebellion and conspiracy.

  • Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador called Castillo's removal from office undemocratic.

  • The Peruvian government last week declared a 30-day nationwide state of emergency. 

  • Protests have rocked the country in the tumultuous days since President Pedro Castillo was removed from office on charges of rebellion and conspiracy last week. 

  • Castillo remains in government custody for 18 months.

  • Castillo was prevented from taking refuge at the Mexican embassy in Lima. The lawmakers then swore in 60-year-old Dina Boluarte as the new president.

About Peru

  • Peru is the third largest country in South America, after Brazil and Argentina.

  • President: Dina Boluarte

  • Capital: Lima

  • Currency : Nuevo Sol

  • Major Mountain Ranges: Andes

  • Major Rivers: Amazon, Ucayali, Madre de Dios

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