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Peru expels Venezuela's ambassador in protest at constitution plans

Peru is expelling Venezuela's ambassador in a bid to assert more pressure on President Nicolas Maduro's government over plans to rewrite the constitution.

Peru said that it was giving ambassador Diego Molero five days to leave the country.

It also refused to receive a diplomatic protest made by Mr Maduro after Peru this week hosted foreign ministers from more than a dozen like-minded regional governments to pressure Venezuela's leader to back down from his plans.

The opposition sees the move to change the constitution as an illegitimate power grab.

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