MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday he does not want “economic or commercial ties” with Peru until “there is no normality, no democracy” in the South American country.
Furthermore, he claimed that the Congress of that country declared him “distinguished non grata”. “If I can’t go to Peru, my only regret is that I won’t be able to go to Machu Picchu,” he said.
The Peruvian parliament had given him the designation a day earlier for his refusal to hand over the leadership of the Pacific Alliance economic group to Lima and for his interference in domestic politics.
He is the second president from Latin America to have been declared “persona non grata” by the Chamber. In February he did so with Colombian President Gustavo Petro and in January with former Bolivian President Evo Morales. All three have criticized Peruvian President Dina Boluarte.
López Obrador indicated that he might hand over the chairmanship of that immigration group to Chilean President Gabriel Boric, as the Colombian is in the same position as him. But he insisted he would not hand it over to the woman who seized power in Lima, referring to Bouluarte.
The Mexican President then qualified that, although he does not want economic ties with that country at this time, it does not mean that the “Pacific Alliance” that belongs to the two states has broken down, but rather that “it is on hold”. Is.” The Pacific Alliance is made up of Mexico, Peru, Chile, and Colombia.
Afterwards, President Boluaart responded to the Mexican President and indicated that, “rhetorically speaking,” López Obrador “has too much ignorance for so much intelligence of the Mexican people.”
Boluaarte thus referred to a statement by the Mexican President who also said in the morning that “Peru is too many people for such a small government,” referring to Boluaarte’s management.
The Peruvian began his administration on 7 December when he replaced Pedro Castillo, who was dismissed by parliament after trying to dissolve Congress without the support of the military and economic elite.
Relations between Peru and Mexico have deteriorated. They currently maintain a relationship at the Business Manager level. In February, Peru recalled its ambassador to Mexico after López Obrador called Boluarte a “fake president”. In December Peru expelled the Mexican ambassador in Lima. López Obrador later described Boluaarte as a “usurper” and said that she was not legitimately “the President of Peru”.
According to all polls, the Peruvian Congress is the most discredited institution in Peru. The firm Ipsos Peru indicated that there was a 79% disapproval of the parliament in May, with only 13% supporting it. According to the same study, Boluarte has an unpopularity of 75%, while it is supported by 16%.