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    Supporters of suspendend President Dilma Rousseff hold a demonstration during her impeachment trial, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 30, 2016.

    Venezuela Freezes Relations With Brazil Over Rousseff Impeachment

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    Venezuela has permanently withdrawn its ambassador from Brazil and has frozen relations with the country in the wake of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, as many as 61 Brazilian senators voted to remove suspended President Dilma Rousseff from her post. A subsequent vote to bar Rousseff from holding public office for eight years failed.

    "The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela categorically condemns the parliamentary coup against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff… The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in order to safeguard international law and solidarity with the people of Brazil, has decided to permanently withdraw its ambassador in the Federative Republic of Brazil and to freeze political and diplomatic relations with the new government," the ministry said in a statement.

    Rousseff's impeachment violated the Brazilian constitution and the will of the Brazilian people, the statement stressed, expressing Venezuela's solidarity with Rousseff.

    Earlier in the day, Ecuador also withdrew its ambassador from Brazil.


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