Thursday, March 23, 2017

Latam, US and Canada to challenge Venezuela’s authoritarian regime

MEXICO CITY—The U.S., Canada and Latin America’s leading nations have agreed to challenge Venezuela’s authoritarian regime, a joint effort that wouldn’t have been possible a decade ago.

Fourteen nations plan to issue a joint statement in coming days calling on the government of President Nicolás Maduro to release political prisoners, return full powers to the National Assembly and set a timetable to hold regional elections that Venezuela has indefinitely postponed, according to Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray.

In a region where countries like Mexico avoid interfering in each other’s affairs, it is rare for a large number of countries, including all of the most influential ones, to come out publicly against another nation ....