Maduro announces the return of Venezuelan diplomats from Bolivia


MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, announced the return of Venezuelan diplomats from Bolivia after his de facto government declared a break in relations with Caracas.

"Yesterday, with his sons, with his daughters, with his relatives, all the women and all the men of our diplomatic delegation in Bolivia have arrived healthy, saved, safe and in resistance," Maduro said when speaking this Sunday at the closing of the XV International Book Fair of Venezuela.

On Friday 15, Bolivia's de facto government chancellor, Karen Longaric, announced the rupture of relations with Venezuela and the expulsion of Venezuelan diplomats from Bolivian territory.
"I ordered that all our diplomatic personnel serving exemplary service in Bolivia, in favor of the people of Bolivia, return immediately; they were being personally threatened, our embassy was besieged and threatened with assault and fire," Maduro said.
He explained that the Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, made the necessary steps to get the return of the Venezuelan diplomats from Bolivia and that they were some steps "where the United Nations Organization".

Bolivia is involved in a political crisis since President Evo Morales resigned from the presidency, under pressure from the Armed Forces and the police and after several weeks of protests over alleged electoral fraud in the elections of October 20.
After Morales (2006-2019) was assimilated by Mexico, opposition senator Jeanine Anez declared herself president without going through the legislative procedures provided for in parliament sessions that did not have the required quorum.
The de facto investiture of Anez was endorsed by the Constitutional Court.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) accounted for at least 23 dead and 715 people injured since the beginning of the institutional and political crisis in Bolivia, including at least 9 deaths and 122 injured by combined repression of the police and armed forces since Friday 15, when the uniformed men raided a march of coca growers in the Bolivian department of Cochabamba.

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