Opposition leader Juan Guaido announced today that he was removing Humberto Calderon Berti as his ambassador in Colombia, marking the most high-profile shuffle of his fragile government.
Guaido did not provide a clear explanation for Calderon’s removal, saying instead that the move was a “modification of our foreign relations” that was necessary “to achieve the objectives laid out” by his office. The announcement came via a letter from Guaido’s dispatch.
As of the writing of this update, Calderon’s Twitter bio still says that he is “Venezuelan ambassador to Colombia”, while his banner picture is one in which he is embracing Guaido with the slogan “We’re on the right path”:
Calderon also retweeted a message of support from opposition politician Maria Corina Machado, who called his removal “regrettable”. Calderon added the following text to his retweet:
Thank you, friend. I’ll address the country in the coming hours.
Calderon became part of a corruption scandal back in June of this year, when press reports were published indicating that humanitarian aid destined for Venezuelans in Colombia was instead diverted into private pockets. Calderon was not implicated in these reports, and Guaido asked him publicly to investigate the accusations.
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