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Paraguay readies vote on Venezuela’s incorporation to Mercosur as full member

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on November 26, 2010

by Merco Press News, November 26th, 2010.

The Paraguayan Executive sent this week to congress a bill requesting the incorporation of Venezuela to Mercosur. Paraguay’s legislative confirmation is the last step to complete the long process, begun in 2006, for Venezuela to become a full member of the South American block currently made up of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay.

The request was received and dispatched to the Senate’s Foreign Affairs committees which must decide whether to include it in the agenda, later discuss it and finally hold a vote at the full house.

A previous attempt a few months ago was withdrawn by the Executive since there were insufficient votes to support the initiative.

Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo does not have control of congress since the catch-all coalition which supported his candidacy has atomized and there is a strong group of Paraguayan senators that openly question Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez “democratic” ways and means, and his treatment of the opposition and the media.

When Mercosur presidents back in 2006 approved the incorporation of Venezuela to Mercosur, Argentine and Uruguayan lawmakers were the first to approve the initiative with not much discussion.

With Brazil it was quite a battle since President Chavez made some offensive remarks towards Brazilian senators who criticized his attacks on the media and persecution of members of the opposition. (continue reading… )



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