June 24, 2012
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his country will cut off oil shipments to Paraguay to protest the ouster of Fernando Lugo.
Chavez says Lugo’s removal as president last week was illegal and his insists Venezuela will not recognize the new government of Federico Franco.
The Paraguayan senate’s swift decision to oust Lugo has drawn condemnation around Latin America.
Chavez spoke before a military parade on Sunday and compared Lugo’s removal to the 2009 coup that removed Manuel Zelaya in Honduras.
Lugo has suggested that national and international clamor could lead Paraguayan lawmakers to reverse his impeachment.