In a bit of irony, Paraguay is complaining of Mercosur’s admission of Venezuela before completing the “legislative procedure” and is considering taking the question of whether or not to remain in Mercosur to the Paraguayan electorate. The claim is a bit specious, as Paraguay’s legislature was the only obstacle to full membership for Venezuela, and given that Mercosur itself suspended Paraguay’s membership for an indefinite period, the need for Paraguay’s legislature to sign off on Venezuela’s admission seemed moot. At the same time, given the suspension, the possibility of having Paraguayans vote to stay or leave the trading bloc seems more symbolic than anything now, though should Paraguayans vote to stay out of Mercosur, it could have an impact if/when the trade bloc decides to allow Paraguay return.
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