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MEP Wallace is rebuked over language in Guaidó debate

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MEP Mick Wallace. Photo: Steve Humphreys

MEP Mick Wallace. Photo: Steve Humphreys

MEP Mick Wallace. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Irish MEP Mick Wallace has been reprimanded in the European Parliament after calling Venezuelan politician Juan Guaidó an "unelected gobs***e".

Mr Wallace, an MEP for Ireland South, was criticising the parliament's decision to recognise Mr Guaidó as the legitimate interim president of Venezuela.

"I have a big problem with Spain's position on a lot of aspects in relations to Venezuela and in particular the European attitude," the Independent politician said.

"Do you not agree that the recognition is an absolute embarrassment to anyone who has to occupy this chamber and it's a disgrace on the part of the member states of Europe that so many have recognised an unelected gobs***e?"

The Wexford MEP was reproached by European Parliament vice-president Rainer Wieland, who was chairing the meeting. Through a translator, he said: "You did use the word gobs***e, sir, and I would reprimand you over that."

Irish Independent