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Cynthia J. Arnson Director, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars On July 30, Mercosur’s Council of Ministers—its most important governing body other than the presidents themselves—was to have met in Montevideo, Uruguay.  Among the tasks at hand was to ratify the bloc’s rotating president, with Venezuela in line to take over for the next six months.  In protest over Venezuela’s slated ascension, the government of Paraguay refused to attend and the meeting was cancelled.  Both Brazil and Paraguay argue that Venezuela is not fit to lead, as it hasn’t fulfilled the democratic commitments it made when joining […]
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