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Mexico-Ecuador Rift

Mexico severed diplomatic ties with Ecuador over the weekend, a decision that came after Ecuadorian authorities forcibly entered the Mexican embassy Friday to arrest former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas on corruption charges. 

Glas had served as vice president from 2013 to 2017 and was jailed after a court found him guilty of receiving more than $13M in bribes. Several weeks after being released in November, he began living in Mexico’s embassy amid further corruption allegations. Glas says he was politically persecuted and was granted asylum from the Mexican government Friday.

World leaders accuse Ecuador of violating international law treating embassies as foreign territory. The raid is almost unprecedented; there have only been a handful of cases of embassy raids in recent decades (see here). Mexico says it will challenge Ecuador’s decision at the International Criminal Court and has recalled its diplomats. The UN and regional governments also condemned the raid.

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