Uruguayan foreign minister Luis Almagro stated that as of August 15 Mercosur will be lifting Paraguay’s suspension from the regional political trade bloc. Minister Almagro stated that they have followed the necessary procedures to return Paraguay as a full member by waiting for their new government to take effect on August 15. Despite the end of the suspension, Venezuela’s ascension to pro tempore President of Mercosur may cause Paraguay to reject their membership. (July 12, 2013 MercoPress)