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Paraguay ups diplomatic fight with Venezuela
ASUNCION, Paraguay—The new government in Paraguay is withdrawing its ambassador from Venezuela and says the top Venezuelan envoy in Paraguay is no longer welcome. New President Francisco Franco and other Paraguayan politicians are furious over alleged Venezuelan meddling during the impeachment of President Fernando Lugo last month.
They have accused Venezuela of trying to persuade Paraguay’s military leaders to rise up in support of the leftist Lugo. Instead, Lugo was voted out of office by a hostile congress after a hasty trial. Paraguay's neighbors have called it an anti-democratic “institutional coup” and have taken steps to isolate the new government in response. Venezuela's ambassador already left Paraguay, and now Paraguayan Ambassador Augusto Ocampos has been ordered back from Caracas. The steps fall short of a full break in diplomatic relations.
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