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El Salvador orders Venezuelan diplomats expelled

El Salvador has ordered the expulsion of Venezuelan government diplomats, joining the U.S. and more than 50 other countries that have said opposition leader Juan Guaidó is Venezuelas rightful president.The Salvadoran government said late Saturday in a statement that the diplomats, who are loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, had 48 hours to leave the country.

It said the decision is in line with comments by President Nayib Bukele not recognizing Maduros government as legitimate.Venezuela responded in kind Sunday, ordering Salvadoran diplomats to leave Caracas within two days.Bukele is officially taking up the role of pawn of American foreign policy, the Venezuelan government said.

Bukele, who took office in June, responded in a mocking tweet, noting that those ordered to leave Venezuela were holdovers from the previous government, an ally of Maduro.I forgot to mention that our Government had not named a single official to our embassy in Venezuela, he wrote. So the Maduro regime has just expelled officials 100% named by the Government of (ex-President Salvador) Sánchez Cerén, whom they called their friends.

In its statement, Bukeles office called for free elections in Venezuela as a way out of its long-running political and humanitarian crisis.Guaidó, who leads Venezuelas opposition-controlled congress, declared himself interim president in January, saying Maduros re-election last year was fraudulent. Maduro says Guaidó is collaborating with the United States in an attempt to stage a coup.

Ronald Johnson, the U.S. ambassador in El Salvador, welcomed the decision to expel pro-Maduro diplomats.El Salvadors opposition FMLN party criticized the governments move, accused foreign interests of being behind it and expressed solidarity with Venezuela and its legitimate President Nicolás Maduro.

.The FMLN, or Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, was a guerrilla group during El Salvadors civil war before transitioning to a political party in peacetime. The last two Salvadoran presidents before Bukele were from the FMLN: Sánchez Cerén (2014-2019) and Mauricio Funes (2009-2014)...

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