Venezuela declares Peru’s president ‘enemy of the country,’ expels charge d’affaires

Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry has designated Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski an enemy of Venezuela for “continually interfering” in its internal affairs, it said in a statement on Friday, issued hours after Peru announced that Venezuela’s ambassador to the country is not more welcome and should leave within five days.

Denouncing the move, the ministry said it is expelling Peruvian charge d’affaires in response.

Peru has not recognized the legitimacy of the newly elected Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly, accusing Nicholas Maduro’s government of infringing on democracy.