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Correa considers "very worrying" Macri position on Venezuela

The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, considered the position of president-elect of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, who announced that Venezuela asked to apply the democratic clause of Mercosur by "persecution of opponents" Tuesday "very worrying".


"It's very worrying. Is clearly an interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela ", he said Tuesday at a press conference the president, whose country is an associate member of the bloc.

"I do not fit in the Venezuelan case, because someone agrees or disagrees with the Venezuelan process, implement a democratic clause," he added.

The elected president of Argentina announced Monday that invoke the democracy clause of Mercosur by "abuse and persecution of the opposition in Venezuela," referring mainly to the leader of People's Will, Leopoldo Lopez, imprisoned for more than a year ago and means for his alleged responsibility for the violence in protests against President Nicolas Maduro.

That clause provides for the temporary exclusion of a member of Mercosur if there is an alteration of the democratic order.

"In Venezuela, like it or not like it, there is a democracy, and there is a political project that is tired of winning elections. There are political refugees, etc ... prove it!!! Also they tell of Ecuador. Whenever these people falls to a police clubbed and left half dead, then victimize and say they have been repressed and go to the Commission, "said Correa.

Paraguay will host the summit of presidents of Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Bolivia more acceding) on ​​21 December.

In 2012, Paraguay was suspended from Mercosur by consensus of the presidents Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), Dilma Rousseff (Brazil) and Jose Mujica (Uruguay), considering that leftist President Fernando Lugo was dismissed as illegitimate.

Lugo, now a senator, was stripped of office by impeachment in Congress and replaced by his vice president Federico Franco.

With the departure of Paraguay, Mercosur presidents simultaneously authorized the entry of Venezuela, whose request had been filed by the Paraguayan legislature had already then alleged violations of human rights by the government of President Hugo Chavez.

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