Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecuador are recalling their ambassadors from Brazil in protest against what they said was a “coup against democracy” following a vote by Brazilian senators to impeach Dilma Rousseff.
Former vice president Michel Temer, who has been exposed as an embassy informant for US intelligence, was sworn in Brazil’s new leader after the Senate voted to strip Rousseff of her presidential post.
Brazil has now recalled its ambassadors from Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia after the three countries took the same step to demonstrate their opposition to the removal of Rousseff from office.
Venezuela condemned Rousseff’s impeachment saying it will not pursue relations with a government that stemmed from a “parliamentary coup d’etat.” Venezuela “has decided to definitively withdraw its ambassador in the Federal Republic of Brazil, and to freeze political and diplomatic relations with the government that emerged from this parliamentary coup,” the country’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
Ecuador’s foreign ministry, in its turn, dubbed Rousseff’s ouster “a flagrant subversion of the democratic order in Brazil” saying it is withdrawing its representative to Brazil.
“Given these exceptional facts, the government of Ecuador has decided to call for consultations the charge d’affaires to the Republic of Brazil,” Ecuadorian government said in a statement, according to Telesur. Ecuador said that Rousseff’s removal from her post was a “spurious” procedure which failed to provide concrete evidence of her actually committing “crimes of responsibility”. Ecuador “cannot ignore the fact that many of the decision-makers in Rousseff’s impeachment are being investigated for serious acts of corruption,” it said in a statement.
Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa personally took to Twitter to voice his anger over Rousseff’s impeachment: “Never will we condone these practices, which recall the darkest hours of our America.”