Brazilian FM: Venezuela became a dictatorship

Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs Aloysio Nunes said that Venezuela has become “a dictatorship,” affirming that the founding members of the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) are very worried about the country’s political and economic crisis.

“All of us have agreed that long time ago the democratic normality in the oil country overflowed its banks,” the foreign minister said during an interview released on Saturday by daily newspaper Estado de Sao Paulo.

The 71-year-old ex guerrilla man vowed to resort to international organizations with regard to Venezuela. However, he dismissed “for the time being” the enforcement of the Democratic Charter by Mercosur against Venezuela.

"There are doubts as to the effectiveness of this decision. Some say that this could even be used by the Venezuelan government to seek legitimacy under the argument that there is an imperialist siege against them. Every dictatorship uses the excuse of an external phantom enemy to legitimize itself," said the chancellor, who in 2015 - being senator - integrated a commission that tried to visit opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez in a prison of Caracas.