Peru’s Congress considers the Mexican president “undesirable”, accusing him of meddling in Lima’s internal affairs.
Peruvian lawmakers voted May 25 with 65 votes in favor, 40 against and two abstentions on a motion to label Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador “undesirable” after accusing him of violating the principle of non-interference in affairs. internal to other countries.
The petition asks the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior of Peru “to take the necessary measures to ensure that the President of Mexico does not set foot on the territory of this country”.
The move comes amid strained relations between Mexico City and Lima after Dina Boluarte took over as Peru’s president. Mr. Obrador called Mrs. Boluarte as a “usurper” and opposed the transfer of the presidency of the Pacific Alliance to Peru. The alliance includes Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia.
Peruvian President Dina Boluarte speaks at the presidential palace in Lima on Feb. Photo: AFP
Obrador is the second foreign leader considered “undesirable” by Peru, after Colombian President Gustavo Petro. Mr. Petro also attacked Mrs. Boluarte and Peru’s response to political crisis and social unrest.
Boluarte assumed the presidency of Peru in December 2022, succeeding Pedro Castillo. Castillo was ousted by parliament on Dec. 7 on charges of sedition and corruption and has been detained for 18 months pending trial. President Obrador granted Castillo’s family asylum in Mexico, saying the former Peruvian president was the victim of “a coup”.
Peru in December deemed the Mexican ambassador in Lima “undesirable”, asked to leave the country, and recalled the ambassador to Mexico City in February.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador at a press conference in Mexico City on April 4. Photo: Reuters
Nhu Tam (according to Reuters, AFP)