07 de agosto de 2017 05:17 AM
Actualizado el 09 de agosto de 2017 05:11 AM
Attorneys and Solicitors General of the member and associate countries of the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) rejected on Sunday the “illegal” removal of their Venezuelan colleague Luisa Ortega Díaz and refused to recognize the authority of Ortega Díaz’s substitute, former Ombudsman Tarek William Saab.
“The general prosecutors of Mercosur utterly repudiate the dismissal of the Attorney General of Venezuela (Luisa Ortega Díaz) and request the international community to take steps immediately to seek the reestablishment of the constitutional order” in Venezuela, the attorneys and solicitors general said in a joint statement.
“A military siege on the Venezuelan Attorney General Office occurred on Saturday (August 5) is just the visible sign of such an attack on the institutional autonomy,” the statement reads.
Ortega Díaz insisted on saying that she continues being the Attorney General and that the Executive Officer ordered the brand-new Constituent National Assembly (ANC) to remove her.
The joint statement took into account “Venezuela’s suspension from Mercosur due to breach of the democratic clause set forth in the Protocol of Ushuaia.” The decision was made by Mercosur foreign ministers gathered in Sao Paulo.