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Friday, May 03, 2013 10:59 pm

Angry with Peru, Maduro calls home ambassador

The Associated Press

President Nicolas Maduro has responded angrily to a call by Peru's foreign minister for tolerance and dialogue in Venezuela, saying he will recall his ambassador for consultations.

The Peruvian diplomat, Rafael Roncagliolo, also called on the Union of South American Nations, of which his country is acting president, to issue a statement urging Maduro to exercise tolerance.

Maduro said Friday that Roncagliolo's statement showed a "lack of respect" for Venezuelan democracy.

Two Venezuelan opposition leaders were in Lima this week to brief officials about a fistfight in Venezuela's parliament that broke out after its speaker tried to bar opposition lawmakers unless they recognize Maduro's election. The opposition claims it was attacked.

It contends Maduro stole the April 14 presidential election from opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, a charge Maduro denies.