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Bolsonaro threatens to leave Mercosur due to the rise of the opposition in Argentina

August 16, 2019

SAO PAULO, Aug 16 (Reuters / EP) –

The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has warned this Friday that the South American giant will withdraw from Mercosur if problems arise with Argentina in case of a hypothetical victory of the opposition in the next elections, whose first round is scheduled for October 27 .

“I don't think he will follow the path of democracy” and free trade, Bolsonaro has declared to journalists, referring to the presidential candidate Alberto Fernández. On Thursday, Brazilian Economy Minister Paulo Guedes had already launched a similar threat around the regional alliance.

Brazil and Argentina are part, together with Uruguay and Paraguay, of Mercosur, a commercial alliance that recently signed one of the largest trade agreements with the EU after 20 years of negotiations.

Fernandez prevailed in the primary elections held last Sunday in Argentina. The aspiring 'Kirchner' achieved more than 47 percent of the votes, compared to a Mauricio Macri who had to settle for just over 32 percent, according to official results.