Foreign Ministers of the Common Market of the South, Mercosur, have decided to apply the “democratic clause” established by the group’s Protocol of Ushuaia, suspending Venezuela from the regional bloc. The bloc claimed that the administration of President Nicolas Maduro was suspended for “breaking the democratic order” after it moved forward with its National Constituent Assembly. The announcement was made during a meeting in Sao Paolo, Brazil to discuss political turmoil between the Venezuelan government and the right-wing opposition.
“Venezuela warns the peoples of the world about the gross interference of those who twist legal ways to provoke erratic interventions, in violation of the most basic principles of international law,” said a statement read by the Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.
Arreaza also attributed the measure to “nefarious anti-integrationist interests (which) have made Mercosur an organ of political persecution against Venezuela.”