Just when you think a senate-imposed president with rock-bottom popularity has no concept of democratic practices, Brazil's Michel Temer takes to Twitter to declare that Venezuela will be welcomed back to Mercosur with “open arms” once it returns to a "democracy."
“Our message is unequivocal, there's no more room for undemocratic alternatives in South America,” Temer said apparently with no irony intended, in reference to Venezuela's suspension from the Mercosur regional trade group Saturday, according to Brazil 24/7.
With only a 5 percent approval rating according to the latest Ibope opinion poll and having to authorize some US$1.3 billion in parliamentary amendment projects to appease enough lawmakers to vote down corruption charges that would suspend his presidency, Temer's "do as I say, not as I do" oratory concerning Venezuela's affairs holds minimal, if any, weight at all.
The Bolivarian Revolutionary government has consistently held democratic elections — described by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter as being the “best in the world” — since 1999.
However, Temer appeared to remain hopeful, not so much for Brazil's political conundrum, of which he's a protagonist, but that Venezuela “encounters a path for recomposing its democratic order and respect for the diversity of visions and positions.”
Foreign ministers from the regional institution decided to apply the “democratic clause” established by the group’s Protocol of Ushuaia, which removed Venezuela from the regional bloc.
Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza accused the organization of being biased arguing that the protocol should apply to Brazil, a nation with an unelected president, who came to power after he led an impeachment process to push out democratically-elected leftist President Dilma Rousseff.
The bloc, originally founded by Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay, claimed that the administration of President Nicolas Maduro broke the “democratic order” by holding elections for the National Constituent Assembly.
Venezuela's suspension was announced during a meeting in Sao Paolo, Brazil, a country swarming in corruption, while Temer refuses to step down to the clamor of the people's call for immediate, direct presidential elections.
While Mercosur's decision coincides with new U.S.-imposed sanctions and threats aimed at Venezuela, no word yet on political reprisals meted out to Washington for its infringement on “democratic order” after President Donald Trump came to power by garnering second place in the popular vote and being installed by a minority electoral college.