Peru asks the Mexican ambassador to leave after granting asylum to the family of Pedro Castillo


Peru has ordered the Mexican ambassador to leave the Andean country within 72 hours, declaring him “persona non grata”, as reported by his foreign ministry on Tuesday, after the family of his ousted president The Mexican government granted him asylum.

The ministry said the decision was made after Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador made comments about the political situation in Peru, “which constitute unacceptable interference in internal affairs, in clear violation of the principle of non-intervention.” , read a statement.

It comes after the foreign minister of Mexico, Marcelo Ebrard, said that he had offered asylum to the family of the former president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, who were already at the Mexican embassy in the capital, Lima.

Although Ebrard did not identify which members of Castillo’s family were inside the diplomatic mission, Peru’s Foreign Minister Ana Cecilia Gervasi Díaz said Tuesday that Castillo’s family, specifically his wife and children, will be granted safe conduct. to leave the country.

Castillo, a former teacher and union leader from rural Peru, was indicted and removed from office nearly two weeks ago after he tried to dissolve Congress and install an emergency government, a tactic lawmakers criticized as an attempted coup.

He was detained on his way to the Mexican embassy in Lima, according to prosecutors. He is currently under “pretrial detention” for 18 months for alleged rebellion and conspiracy, accusations that denies.

Mexican President López Obrador has been critical of the dismissal of Castillo, saying the Peruvian was the victim of “harassment” by “his adversaries, especially the economic and political elites of that country.”

In a joint statement last week, the governments of Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Bolivia expressed concern over Castillo’s fate, saying he had been the victim of “undemocratic harassment” since his election last year and urging Peru to honor the results of last year’s presidential election. vote.

Castillo’s wife, Lilia Paredes, is being investigated on suspicion of allegedly coordinating a criminal network led by Castillo. Her former lawyer, Benji Espinoza, stressed her innocence and argued that the investigation against Paredes included “a series of failures and omissions.”

CNN is reaching out to the Castillo family’s new legal representation for comment.

Peru’s President Dina Boluarte has been fighting to contain widespread protests against Castillo’s ouster since she became the country’s first female leader. While Boluarte has offered the possibility of early elections, Defense Minister Luis Alberto Otárola declared a state of emergency and deployed troops to the streets.

Some 26 people have been killed in the violence, according to data from Peru’s Health Ministry on Monday, many of whom come from the rural and largely indigenous area of ​​Ayacucho in the south of the country. according to Reuters.

Peru's President Dina Boluarte said Sunday that it was her understanding that Mexico had granted asylum to Castillo's wife, Lilia Paredes (pictured), and their children.

And despite calls for early presidential and parliamentary elections, the country remains in a dead end after last week’s Congress. rejected a constitutional amendment needed to hold early voting in 2023.

Peruvian politics has been mired in dysfunction for years, with Boluarte serving as its sixth president since 2018.

Castillo, who had never held public office before becoming president, campaigned on a promise to redistribute wealth and help the country’s poorest.

But his government was in chaos, with dozens of ministers appointed, replaced, fired or resigning in just over a year. Castillo himself faced multiple corruption investigations and two failed impeachment attempts before being ousted.

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