A committee in the Peruvian parliament approved a request on Monday declare “persona non grata” Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for his refusal to hand over the presidency of the Pacific Alliance to Peru and his alleged interference in internal affairs.
The request to the parliamentary plenary —which must evaluate the request in another session whose date is not known— tIt also seeks to prevent entry into the territory of Peru to the Mexican president.
It is not the first time that the Peruvian Congress has declared leaders of other countries “non grata”. He did so in January against former Bolivian president Evo Morales and in February against the president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, also for his statements unfavorable to the government led by president Dina Boluarte.
The request states that the Mexican president made “ideologised” and “falsely charged” statementson the failed attempt to dissolve Parliament by former President Pedro Castillo on December 7, which allowed Boluarte to assume power and the beginning of the political storm which, after successive demonstrations, left more than 60 dead.
In his morning press conference, López Obrador said in reference to the Peruvian parliament that for him “it is also a stamp of pride whoever acts in this way declares me obnoxious”.
The Mexican president indicated that the Peruvian Congress invented “corruption crimes” against former Peruvian president Castillo. “It was a firing due to the president’s (Pedro Castillo) approach of making Congress disappear, what they do is fire him and imprison him, and they invent crimes of corruption, they’re different things,” he said.
Castillo, now imprisoned for three years preventively while under investigation for alleged crimes of corruption and rebellion, tried to dissolve Parliament and start an exceptional government on December 7th. Congress removed it hours later. Castillo began being investigated for alleged corruption shortly after taking office into his 16-month term.
Mexico and Peru maintain ties at the business manager level. In February, Peru recalled its ambassador to Mexico after López Obrador called Boluarte a “fake president”. In December, the Peruvian president expelled the Mexican ambassador in Lima.
López Obrador said last week that Boluarte he is a “usurper” and that Mexico will not hand over the presidency of the Pacific Alliance economic bloc to Peru, the country responsible for leading the group, because Boluarte is not legitimately “president of Peru”.
Parliament objected to Morales in January, who said in December, amid anti-government demonstrations that also called for the closure of Parliament, that Peru was experiencing “an insurrection of the Peruvian people against that colony stateHe”.
He also declared Petro persona non grata in February after the Colombian leader told Peruvian police officers “they march like Nazisagainst his own people, in breach of the American Convention on Human Rights”.
That month, Peruvian police carried out large troop deployments in front of the Judiciary Palace, just days before a large anti-government march.
The Peruvian Congress is one of the most discredited and unpopular institutions, according to polls. The firm Ipsos Peru has indicated that the Parliament had 79% disapproval in May, only 13% support it.
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