Argentina’s Macri Expresses ‘Disgust’ With Venezuelan Government

BloombergArgentine President Mauricio Macri expressed his“disgust’ with Venezuela’s human rights record, adding to increasing criticism President Nicolas Maduro has received from once close regional allies.

In an interview with Bloomberg News, Macri faulted his Venezuelan counterpart’s refusal to let plans for a recall referendum against his rule to move forward expeditiously, indicating that the political gridlock is only furthering the ongoing crisis in the country.

“The process is killing Venezuelans every day,” Macri said on the sidelines of a business forum in Buenos Aires. “I’m going to every international forum to say, we cannot accept, we cannot look to the other side, we have to denounce what is going on.” …

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