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Mercosur Suspends Venezuela Over Unrest, Repression

Latin American trade bloc Mercosur suspended Venezuela’s membership hours after the newly elected constituent assembly ousted the country’s chief prosecutor.

After a meeting in Brazil’s financial center, Sao Paulo, Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Ferreira, told reporters: “We are saying: Stop with this! Enough with the deaths, enough with the repression. It is not possible to inflict such torture to the people.”

The suspension is indefinite. Venezuela joined the bloc in 2012 and has been suspended before for failing to uphold its commitments.

Chief prosecutor removed

Meanwhile, the constituent assembly, made up of allies of President Nicolas Maduro, voted to remove chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega …read more

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