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Peru asks Mexican ambassador to leave after Pedro Castillo’s family gets asylum




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Peru has ordered the Mexican ambassador to leave the Andean country within 72 hours, declaring him “persona non grata”, according to the country’s foreign ministry on Tuesday, after the family of the President is overthrown has been granted asylum by the Mexican government.

The ministry said the decision was made after Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador made comments on Peru’s political situation, “which “constitutes unacceptable interference in affairs” internally, in clear violation of the principle of non-interference,” a statement read.

It comes after Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said he had offered asylum to the family of former Peruvian President Pedro Castillo, who were staying in the Mexican embassy in the capital, Lima.

While Ebrard did not identify which members of the Castillo family were in the diplomatic service, Peruvian Foreign Minister Ana Cecilia Gervasi Diaz said Tuesday that the Castillo family, especially his wife and children, will be allowed to leave the country safely.

Castillo, a former teacher and union leader from rural Peru, is Impeachment and Removal resigned nearly two weeks ago after he tried to dissolve Parliament and form an emergency government – a tactic that lawmakers have criticized as a coup attempt.

He was detained while on his way to the Mexican embassy in Lima, according to Prosecutors. He is currently in “preventive detention” for 18 months on sedition and conspiracy charges – alleging that he refuse.

Mexican President Lopez Obrador criticized Castillo’s impeachment, speak the Peruvian was the victim of “harassment” from “his enemies, especially the economic and political elite of that country.”

In a joint statement last week, the governments of Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Bolivia expressed concern about Castillo’s fate, claiming that he had been the victim of “undemocratic harassment” since last year’s elections. last year and called on Peru to respect the results of last year’s presidential election. vote.

Castillo’s wife, Lilia Paredes, is under investigation on suspicion of coordinating a criminal network led by Castillo. Her former attorney, Benji Espinoza, has insisted that she is innocent and argued that the investigation against Paredes included “a number of errors and omissions.”

CNN is attempting to reach the Castillo family’s new legal representative for comment.

Peruvian President Dina Boluarte has fought to stop widespread protests against Castillo’s impeachment since becoming the country’s first female leader. While Boluarte raised the possibility of holding early elections, Defense Minister Luis Alberto Otárola declared a state of emergency and deployed the army to the streets.

About 26 people have died in the violence, according to Peruvian health ministry data on Monday, many of them from the countryside and mostly Ayacucho indigenous people in the south of the country. according to Reuters.

Peruvian President Dina Boluarte on Sunday said she understands that Mexico has given asylum to Castillo's wife, Lilia Paredes (pictured) and their children.

And despite calls for early presidential and parliamentary elections, the country remains deadlocked after the National Assembly last week reject constitutional reform needed to hold an early vote in 2023.

Peruvian politics have been mired in turmoil for years, with Boluarte being the sixth president since 2018.

Castillo – who had never held public office before becoming president – campaigned on the promise of redistributing wealth and lifting the poorest people in the country.

But his government is mired in chaos, with dozens of ministers being appointed, replaced, fired or given up in less than a year. Castillo himself faced multiple corruption investigations and failed impeachment twice before being ousted.

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