Mercosul core members set December deadline for Venezuela to be full member: source

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Posted: Sep 13, 2016 8:25 PM

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The four founding members of Mercosul have decided to share the presidency of the group and give Venezuela until Dec. 1 to fulfill its requirements to become a full member or be suspended, a senior official familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

The decision is a temporary solution to the issue that the group is currently without a head, with divided opinion among Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay over whether socialist-led Venezuela should be allowed to take over the six-month rotating presidency.

(Reporting by Alonso Soto; Editing by Leslie Adler)