Thursday, July 18th 2013 - 08:26 UTC

Venezuelan parliament approves incorporation of Bolivia to Mercosur as full member

The Venezuelan parliament approved Bolivia’s protocol of adherence to Mercosur as full member thus clearing the way for the landlocked mostly indigenous populated country to become the sixth member of the South American trade block next to Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.

President Morales happy that Bolivia is now a full member and with sufficient safeguards to protect the vulnerable economy

The protocol had the support from the ruling coalition and the opposition and lawmaker Saul Ortega said it was “a satisfaction to know that we are voting the incorporation of our sister republic of Bolivia, welcome”.

Leomagno Flores from the opposition expressed approval in similar terms, “we believe it is important to have Bolivia in Mercosur, from an integration point of view it is most significant to have it join the southern countries of the continent”.

Bolivia was invited to join Mercosur as full member last December but before that really happens all five parliaments must approve the initiative.

Paraguay which is currently suspended from the block has questioned the incorporation of Bolivia arguing that Mercosur treaties impede such a move if the country involved belongs to other economic integration groups such as the Andean Community.

Bolivia currently holds an associate member status and as such can participate in Mercosur debates but not cast a vote, until confirmed as full member. In his ‘thank-you’ speech President Evo Morales said he was particularly grateful for all the safeguards that the other members had accepted so that Bolivia could join Mercosur.

Another country in the process of joining Mercosur as full member is Ecuador that currently has the status of associate member.

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1 Anglotino (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 10:46 am Report abuse
Well Mercosur is about to incorporate all the countries it can.

Seems the Pacific Alliance is about to gain Panama; the Latin American tiger economy.

Who is winning?
2 JoseAngeldeMonterrey (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 12:43 pm Report abuse
Pretty soon we will see Raul Castro from Cuba also joining Mercosur, Kim Jong II from North Korea and Robert Mugabe from Zimbabwe, all a happy family in Mercosur!
3 Dany Berger (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 01:37 pm Report abuse
There goes the neighborhood now, right down the drain.......if we had plumbing here. At least all us turnips will be neatly packed in one dirt field.
4 ChrisR (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 01:50 pm Report abuse
Mercosur requires a full vote by the four founders, which does not include Venezuela, to enjoin other countries.

The Dead Man Now Rotting would be so proud.
5 Stevie (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 01:59 pm Report abuse
No Chris, Mercosur requires a vote by the other member nations, not by the founders.

And as we all are Chávez, we are all proud.

Welcome aboard Bolivia

6 Dany Berger (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 02:52 pm Report abuse
You requires what we deem it to require. Mercosur is ours.....Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela and we will pretty much do as we please and modify the rules as we need to. This is our club, not the world' one else's. Deal with you underdeveloped turnips.
Rules! WTF! Poilitics is more important than rules.
7 reality check (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 02:54 pm Report abuse
Let Bolivia and Ecuador join with their sister Bolivarian states!

It should be even more entertaining watching them malfunction as a trading bloc.

Can not wait to see what they come up with.

As the yanks say, it should be a doozy!
8 Troy Tempest (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 02:59 pm Report abuse
5 Stevie

Wasn't that the issue with Paraguay?
Venezuela could not legally be admitted to Mercosur because not all the Founding Members had voted for it, Paraguay being on “suspension”??
9 Stevie (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 03:04 pm Report abuse
At the time, the founding members where also the only members. But the agreement says all the members, not only the founding ones. And you can add an unwritten subrule to it. ”Regardless of what any (in)dependant senate may or may not think”.

An easy rule to grasp, don't you think? ;)
10 reality check (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 03:10 pm Report abuse
What happens if Paraguay returns and votes against their incorporation.

Here's a cunning idea, find a pretence to suspend Paraguay and then vote Bolivia in, simple!
11 MagnusMaster (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 03:21 pm Report abuse
@10 with Paraguay willing to leave Mercosur I don't think anyone is worried about that.
12 Stevie (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 03:22 pm Report abuse
Sell your house and put your money on that assumption ;)
13 Conqueror (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 03:31 pm Report abuse
@5, 9 Can you read and comprehend the following?

“The Argentine Republic, the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Republic of Paraguay and the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, hereinafter referred to as the ”States Parties“,

”Approval of applications shall require the unanimous decision of the States Parties.“

If you have trouble with these two items, you will find them in the Treaty of Asuncion. Strangely, a treaty signed in Paraguay.

Now you will note that an application for admission must be decided unanimously by the States Parties. And the ”States Parties” are defined.

An easy rule to grasp, don't you think? ;)

Do you have anything else to say, little bullshitter?
14 ChrisR (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 04:20 pm Report abuse
5 Stevie

I find it always pays to check the facts before posting, it stops people calling you 'little bullshitter'.

15 Baxter (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 07:50 pm Report abuse
14 Well put !
16 Stevie (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 08:37 pm Report abuse
Hahaha Chris. Proof is, Venezuela approved Bolivias incorporation, regardless of how conq translates Spanish :)

And conq, your “rule” is obviously not that easy to grasp, as the member states tends to do what it pleases them, regardless of how loud you lot cry.
Now THAT should be a rule easy to grasp.
17 ChrisR (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 09:10 pm Report abuse
16 Stevie

No, that is chaos.
18 Stevie (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 09:12 pm Report abuse
And this World order is a human disorder...
19 Anglotino (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 10:09 pm Report abuse
It's amazing how some people espouse the rule of law, protecting minorities and respect for countries no matter their size.

And then turn around and hypocritically espouse the exact opposite.

Always blaming things on the oligarchs is quite amusing when you consider that an oligarch is someone who holds the economic and political power over a group of people and wields it to their own benefit.

It would seem that Mercosur has become an oligarchy.
20 redp0ll (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 10:09 pm Report abuse
Most intelligent rats abandon a sinking ship, but there are others who invade it to feast on the putrescent corpses
21 Stevie (#) Jul 18th, 2013 - 10:19 pm Report abuse
You deal marked cards and then you point fingers when somebody cheats...
22 Ernie4001 (#) Jul 19th, 2013 - 02:52 am Report abuse
Anyone in venezuela was going to say no to the get bolivia into the bunch?

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