The Latest: Brazil backs Venezuela opposition vote

The Latest on Venezuela’s political confrontation (all times local):

3:20 p.m.

The Brazilian government says an opposition-organized referendum in Venezuela is “unequivocal proof” that the people there want to see the restoration of the democratic rule of law.

A statement Monday from Brazil’s Foreign Ministry calls on Venezuelan authorities to cancel plans to form an assembly to rewrite the constitution, saying its rules violate popular sovereignty.

The Venezuelan opposition says 7,186,170 people participated in Sunday’s referendum to reject President Nicolas Maduro’s plans for the July 30 election of an assembly.

Brazil’s statement urges quick restoration of the powers of the congress and the release of all political prisoners.


3 p.m.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox says he welcomes the decision by…

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