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Newsline: Brazil Consults with Ambassador in Caracas after Venezuela Freezes Ties

The new Brazilian government consulted with its ambassador in Caracas after Venezuela’s decision to freeze relations in protest of what it called a “parliamentary coup d’etat” in Brazil. Meanwhile, the new government asked for respect from other “Bolivarian” countries that also questioned its political transition. Following the Brazilian Senate’s vote on Wednesday to impeach Dilma Rousseff, found guilty of committing a “crime of responsibility,” Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Cuba denounced the decision and called it a “coup against democracy.” The harshest reaction, however, was that of Venezuela, which decided to permanently withdraw its ambassador to Brazil and freeze political and diplomatic relations with the new government. Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that it had “decided to call its ambassador to Caracas for consultations” following Venezuela’s decision.



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