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The Wall Street Journal: Governments across Latin America reject new Venezuela assembly officials

LIMA, Peru—Governments from across Latin America on Tuesday agreed not to recognize Venezuela’s powerful new constituent assembly, saying that it represented a breakdown in the country’s democratic order.

“What we have in Venezuela is a dictatorship,” Peru’s Foreign Relations Minister Ricardo Luna said while surrounded by his counterparts from Latin America’s biggest countries, including Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Colombia. “This is a regional crisis, without precedent.”

In a declaration, foreign ministers and other top officials from 12 countries, including Canada, said the decisions by Venezuela’s 545-member constituent assembly will be considered illegitimate.

The assembly was installed on Friday after an election widely considered fraudulent amid concerns that it will be used by embattled President Nicolás Maduro to wipe out dissent as it rewrites the constitution.

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