By Senabri Silvestre
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AA) – The government of Ecuador on Wednesday recalled its ambassador from Brazil in the wake of the suspension of Dilma Rousseff last week as head of state by the Senate.
"I called our ambassador for consultations in Brazil, with whom I will meet to discuss the political situation in that country," Foreign Minister Guillaume Long said Twitter.
Ecuador becomes the third Latin American country, after Venezuela and El Salvador, to withdraw its diplomat from Brazil in protest to Roussef´s removal.
Other regional countries including Cuba, Bolivia and Paraguay have also voiced support for Rousseff.
El Salvador President Sanchez Cenén said last week that his country would not recognize Brazil’s interim government, which he considered in power as the result of a coup.
“Rousseff was elected by the people and we are respectful of democracy and the popular will," he said, adding that the suspension amounted to "political manipulation.”
Similar reactions have been expressed by other regional leaders.
Ernesto Samper, the head of the Union of South American Nations, or UNASUR, said Rousseff remains "the legitimate leader" of the Brazilian people and he fears instability there that may "move the region in a dangerous manner.”
The head of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, has urged "calm and dialogue,” according to his spokesman.
Rousseff was removed from office for six months to face a trial for “crimes of responsibility” after being accused of violating fiscal rules to hide a budget deficit ahead of the 2014 presidential elections.