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Brazil calls Maduro a dictator

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VENEZUELA President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a meeting with members of his United Socialist Party in Caracas on Thursday. / JHONN ZERPA/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

BRASILIA, Brazil (AFP) — Brazil called on the international community Thursday to reject upcoming legislative elections in Venezuela, saying human-rights violations by President Nicolas Maduro’s “dictatorial regime” made the vote illegitimate.

The message came as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a South American tour that will take him to the Brazilian-Venezuelan border Friday for an event also seen as upping the pressure on Maduro.

Brazil’s foreign ministry quoted from a United Nations report published Wednesday that accused Maduro and top cabinet ministers of probable “crimes against humanity,” including arbitrary killings and systematic use of torture — claims the Venezuelan government rejected.
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“Given the contents of this report, Brazil considers a regime such as Maduro’s lacks the legitimacy to convene a clean and fair electoral process, and that the legislative elections called by the dictatorship for December should not be supported by the international community,” the Brazilian foreign ministry said in a statement.

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