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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he has recalled his ambassador to Peru for consultations over remarks by that country’s foreign minister, saying the comments amounted to “meddling” with Venezuela’s affairs.
“I hope this isn’t the position of (Peruvian President) Ollanta Humala’s government, but I must make it clear to Peru’s foreign minister not to meddle in Venezuela’s internal affairs,” Maduro said Friday in reference to statements by Rafael Roncagliolo.
Earlier that day, Peru’s top diplomat urged Venezuela’s government and opposition to engage in a political dialogue in the wake of a tightly contested presidential election.
Roncagliolo also said Friday that Peru’s government has called on the Union of South American Nations, or Unasur, to issue a statement urging Maduro’s government to exercise tolerance and promote talks with his opponents.
The campaign of Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles on Thursday asked the country’s Supreme Court to overturn the April 14 vote that resulted in a narrow victory for Maduro, the ruling-party’s standard-bearer.
The motion applies to the entire process surrounding the special election called after the March 5 death of President Hugo Chavez after a long battle with cancer, attorney Gerardo Fernandez told reporters.
Maduro defeated Capriles by a margin of 272,000 votes, or 1.8 percent of the total, according to official results from the CNE electoral council.
Capriles, however, said he would not accept the outcome without a full recount.