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Macri and Bolsonaro pledge to make everything possible to restore democracy in Venezuela

Friday, June 7th 2019 - 09:41 UTC
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Venezuelans protests in Buenos Aires against Nicolas Maduro's government in January. Photo: Mauricio Luna Venezuelans protests in Buenos Aires against Nicolas Maduro's government in January. Photo: Mauricio Luna
Argentina and Brazil “will do everything possible to restore democracy in Venezuela,” president Mauricio Macri said while standing next to Bolsonaro Argentina and Brazil “will do everything possible to restore democracy in Venezuela,” president Mauricio Macri said while standing next to Bolsonaro

The conservative presidents of Brazil and Argentina reiterated their rejection of Venezuela's socialist government Thursday as the far-right Brazilian politician Jair Bolsonaro made a state visit to Buenos Aires.

Venezuela is suffering an economic and governance crisis that has led more than 3 million people to flee the country in recent years, and dozens of nations say Nicolás Maduro won a new presidential term in an illegitimate election last year.

Argentina and Brazil “will do everything possible to restore democracy in Venezuela,” Argentine President Mauricio Macri said while standing next to Bolsonaro

Macri will seek re-election October and Bolsonaro has expressed support for his bid.

Bolsonaro has also been critical of former President Cristina Fernández, saying that if she returned to power running as vice president on the ticket with her former chief of staff, Argentina would suffer the same problems as Venezuela.

“All of South America is concerned that there will be no other Venezuela in the region,” Brazil's president said.

The two presidents also discussed potential energy deals and the fight against corruption and organized crime, which are entrenched in both nations.

During the visit, Argentina also agreed to contribute security measures for the Copa America soccer tournament being held June 14-July 7 in Brazil.

Both Macri and Bolsonaro face domestic challenges.

Argentines frustrated by a recession, the sharp depreciation of the peso and high inflation have been out in the streets protesting Macri's policies.

Bolsonaro is struggling to advance his agenda and is also coping with a falling currency. He has faced protests against plans for cuts in education spending and has seen his approval rating slide since a big election win last year.

The Brazilian leader has further angered many people with comments seen as disparaging to women, blacks and homosexuals.

A few dozen protesters turned out for an anti-Bolsonaro demonstration on historic Plaza de Mayo in front of Argentina's presidential place. One sign proclaimed: “Argentina rejects Bolsonaro. Your hate is not welcome here.”

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  • :o))

    REF: “Venezuela is suffering an economic and governance crisis”:

    Brazil & Argentina so lucky!
    http://chicoandrade.com.br/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/charge_1607.jpg

    Jun 07th, 2019 - 12:32 pm 0
  • Angelina

    So, what are the chances that Bolsonaro, and his vp, will “pledge to make everything possible to restore democracy” in Brazil by reigning their illegally acquired offices?

    Jun 12th, 2019 - 07:56 am 0
  • :o))

    A case of one bankrupt criticizing the other for being poor!

    Jun 12th, 2019 - 01:16 pm 0
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