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Maduro says he ordered Venezuelan diplomats to leave Bolivia

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Maduro says he ordered Venezuelan diplomats to leave Bolivia

Venezuelan diplomats left Bolivia as they were ordered after being declared personae-non-gratae by La Paz, according to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

On November 15, Bolivia's new foreign minister, Karen Longaric, announced the end of diplomatic relations with the Maduro government as well as Bolivia's exit from the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA).

"Forty-eight hours ago, I ordered all diplomatic personnel to leave the country," Maduro said during a speech at a book fair. According to Maduro, officials at the Venezuelan embassy in Bolivia received personal threats.

In October 2019, Morales won a decisive first-round victory in the presidential election, but his main opponent, Carlos Mesa, refused to acknowledge the results.

On November 10, the Bolivian Armed Forces urged Morales to resign because of the country's stability. As a result, he resigned the same day. Morales left the country and went into exile in Mexico.

Bolivia's top political authorities have also resigned. On Tuesday (12), Jeanine Añez, vice president of the Bolivian Senate, declared himself interim president of the country. The Constitutional Court of Bolivia has recognized its claim as legitimate.

Since then, Añez has applied his view on the country's foreign policy, for example, recognizing Juan Guaidó, the leader of the Venezuelan opposition, as the legitimate president of Venezuela.

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