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Hugo Chavez Smack Down

10:25 AM, May 1, 2006 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
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Apparently, Peru isn't interested in being a satellite state of the Caracas regime. From the Associated Press:

Peru recalled its ambassador from Venezuela on Saturday over what it called President Hugo Chavez's "persistent and flagrant interference" in its upcoming presidential elections.

Chavez has characterized one of Peru's presidential candidates as a thief and repeatedly endorsed a nationalist candidate.

"The government of Peru has decided to immediately remove its ambassador from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for the persistent and flagrant interference in internal affairs of Peru, in clear violation of the principles and norms of international law," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press.

The statement said that besides Chavez's "repeated declarations" about Peru's electoral process, the decision also was in response to comments he made Saturday aimed at Peru's President Alejandro Toledo.

Perhaps former President Jimmy Carter can mediate.