President Nicolas Maduro sponsored last month’s election of the 545-member constituent assembly over objections from the opposition.
Following Trump’s statement that military intervention in Venezuela was an option, many Maduro critics are rejecting the idea of a foreign invasion.
Foreign ministers of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil urged Maduro to release prisoners and immediately start a political transition.
Amidst the social upheaval in Venezuela, 1,420 Venezuelans have sought asylum in Mexico in the first six months in 2017, a nearly four-fold jump from 2016.
Venezuela’s UN representative Rafael Ramirez called Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s comments on Venezuela’s crisis “a gratuitous attack.”
The founding members of Mercosur gave the socialist-led nation until December 1 to meet its membership requirements.
Mauricio Macri’s win will inspire the centre-right opposition parties that hope to replace leftist governments in Brazil and Venezuela but it is too early to declare, as some observers are doing, that the result marks the end of the Left in the region.