BUENOS AIRES, April 1 The separation of powers
in Venezuela is still not functioning despite Saturday's
reversal of a Supreme Court decision to annul Congress,
Argentina Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra told reporters.
Malcorra made the comment at a news conference after a
meeting of the Mercosur trade bloc called to discuss Venezuela's
political crisis. The bloc published a statement calling on
Venezuela to take "immediate concrete measures" to ensure the
separation of powers.
Venezuela's pro-government Supreme Court on Saturday revoked
its annulment of the opposition-led Congress amid international
condemnation and protests against socialist President Nicolas
"Clearly, there is a situation in which the separation of
powers, which is essential to democracy, is not functioning,"
Malcorra said, citing the court's long-standing legal battles
Mercosur includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay
and Argentina currently has the temporary presidency of the
bloc. Venezuela was suspended from Mercosur in December.
(Reporting by Caroline Stauffer; writing by Hugh Bronstein;
editing by Diane Craft)