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    Brazil to Propose Suspending Venezuela From Mercosur

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    Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes said that Brazil will propose suspending Venezuela from the sub-regional Mercosur trade bloc.

    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — Brazil will propose suspending Venezuela from the sub-regional Mercosur trade bloc until the restoration of democracy in the country, Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes said Friday.

    "It is intolerable that we will have a dictatorship on the South American continent. In Venezuela, there is a violation of the democratic order, and as result, Brazil will propose to exclude it from Mercosur until the restoration of democracy," Nunes wrote in his Twitter blog.

    On July 21, Argentine President Mauricio Macri said Mercosur, which comprises Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela, was willing to act as a mediator in the conflict between the Venezuelan government and its opposition.

    On Sunday, Venezuela elected the Constituent Assembly, expected to prepare changes to the constitution, amid continuing anti-government protests in the country. Venezuelan opposition, as well as the European Union and the United States, among other countries, refused to recognize the body's legitimacy.

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