January 10, 2019 / 5:58 PM / 5 months ago

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

A Venezuelan national living in Peru holds a sign that reads "Venezuela Free" during a 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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