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Argentina: 'Respect separation of powers' – Mercosur ministers to Maduro02:38

Argentina: 'Respect separation of powers' – Mercosur ministers to Maduro

Argentina, Buenos Aires
April 1, 2017 at 21:49 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Foreign Ministers of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay demanded that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government respect the "separation of powers" in a joint statement made from Buenos Aires on Saturday.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Argentina Susana Malcorra urged the Venezuelan government to "immediately adopt concrete measures agreed with the opposition in accordance with the provisions of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela constitution and other applicable rules to ensure the effective separation of powers, respect for the rule of law, human rights and to the democratic institutions."

The joint statement was issued following the Venezuelan Supreme Court's decision to take over legislative powers from the opposition controlled National Assembly on Wednesday. On Saturday, Maduro revoked the ruling saying "this controversy is over".

Protesters engaged in heated exchanges as they gathered outside the Mercosur bloc meeting in Buenos Aires.

Argentina: 'Respect separation of powers' – Mercosur ministers to Maduro02:38
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The Foreign Ministers of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay demanded that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government respect the "separation of powers" in a joint statement made from Buenos Aires on Saturday.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Argentina Susana Malcorra urged the Venezuelan government to "immediately adopt concrete measures agreed with the opposition in accordance with the provisions of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela constitution and other applicable rules to ensure the effective separation of powers, respect for the rule of law, human rights and to the democratic institutions."

The joint statement was issued following the Venezuelan Supreme Court's decision to take over legislative powers from the opposition controlled National Assembly on Wednesday. On Saturday, Maduro revoked the ruling saying "this controversy is over".

Protesters engaged in heated exchanges as they gathered outside the Mercosur bloc meeting in Buenos Aires.

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