World Bulletin / News Desk
Argentina will not recognise the results of upcoming elections in Venezuela, President Mauricio Macri has told AFP, accusing strongman Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro of running a "dictatorship".
The court's decision is the latest twist in a months-long standoff between Maduro -- late socialist leader's Hugo Chavez's handpicked successor -- and the opposition.
No date has been set for the vote but it is to be held before April 30.
"Argentina will not recognise this election," the centre-right Macri told AFP in an interview in Paris on Saturday, a day after talks with President Emmanuel Macron.
"Maduro is making a mockery of the region and the entire world," he said.
After "generating hope" by allowing the Dominican Republic and other Latin American nations mediate in the crisis, "the only thing he has done is continue trampling human rights," Macri added.
On Friday, Macron denounced Venezuela's "unacceptable authoritarian slide" and said he backed increased EU sanctions against the oil-rich state -- remarks that Caracas termed a "hostile and unfriendly act".
Regional heavyweights Brazil and Argentina have been reluctant to follow the United States and European Union down the path of sanctions, saying they fear the hard-pressed Venezuelan people would suffer the most.
Macri said however that he was prepared to "continue studying the question".
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