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    Peru Gives Venezuelan Ambassador Five Days to Leave Country

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    The Peruvian government on Friday ordered the Venezuelan ambassador in Lima to leave within five days over a perceived breakdown in Venezuela’s democratic order.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Peru said the ouster had followed Venezuela’s failure to respond to a declaration issued by American nations at this Tuesday’s meeting in Lima where they announced they did not recognize President Nicolas Maduro’s new constituent assembly.

    "Having expressed its condemnation of a breakdown of the democratic order in Venezuela, the government of Peru has decided to expel Ambassador Diego Alfredo Molero Bellavia. He has been given a maximum term of five days to leave the Peruvian territory," a statement carried by the Peruvian Foreign Ministry read.

    The 545-seat legislature was inaugurated in Caracas last week, prompting widespread condemnation. The United States and other American countries accused President Maduro of a power grab. He claims the assembly will help bring all sectors of the society together to rewrite the constitution.

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