January 10, 2019 / 6:00 PM / 5 months ago

Peru recalls last diplomat from Venezuela to protest 'illegitimate' new term

Venezuelan nationals living in Peru protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s second term outside the Venezuelan embassy in Lima, Peru, January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru has recalled its charge d’affaires from its embassy in Venezuela to protest what it called the “illegitimate” new term of President Nicolas Maduro, Peru’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

Peru will also bar Maduro and 100 people linked to him or his government from entry, the ministry added.

Maduro started a second term on Thursday, defying critics who called him an illegitimate usurper of a nation where economic chaos has wrought a humanitarian crisis.

Reporting By Marco Aquino, Writing By Mitra Taj; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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