Peru Fears Venezuela Headed Toward Civil War: Foreign Minister | Top News | US News

Peru fears Venezuela may be headed toward civil war as a political crisis deepens and its economy implodes under the rule of socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Peru’s foreign minister told Reuters on Wednesday.

Speaking a day after summoning his counterparts from across the region to Lima to condemn the “rupture of democratic order” in Venezuela, Ricardo Luna said Maduro’s support at home and abroad had shrunk as he seeks to consolidate power through the constituent assembly, a powerful new body run by the ruling Socialist Party loyalists.

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Peru has been one of Venezuela’s harshest critics since centrist President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski took office a year ago, replacing a former ally of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

Peru Fears Venezuela Headed Toward Civil War: Foreign Minister | Top News | US News