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.
The pressure on Venezuela reflects changing political dynamics in Latin America, where a string of once populist leftist governments have been thrown out of power. Countries like Argentina, Brazil and Peru that were friendly to Venezuela have moved toward the center-right. And elections in Ecuador next month could cause a shift there, too.
“We feel the time has come to act,” Mr. Videgaray, who helped lead the regional diplomacy, said in an interview. …