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Venezuela calls April 22 presidential election

Venezuela calls April 22 presidential election”

The election, to be held on April 22, was announced hours after the collapse of talks between the government and opposition over the terms of the vote.

The head of Venezuela's electoral authority, Tibisay Lucena, made the announcement Wednesday evening.

Venezuela's fractured opposition coalition has not selected a candidate or decided if it will boycott the election.

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The election was initially expected to take place in late 2018 but the government pushed it forward. Chavez, who died of cancer five years ago, is also barely featured in Maduro's campaign, unlike in the 2013 election where Maduro pitched himself as the "son" of the former president.

Opposition leaders said the early date will benefit incumbent President Nicolás Maduro - who is the only candidate so far. Meanwhile, analyst Gustavo Espinoza rejected the campaign of media manipulation against the Bolivarian process and against Maduro, who, he said, will come to defend the sovereignty of his country and the region and condemn the arrogance of the USA government.

Former Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Zapatero confirmed on February 7 that an agreement, which included details on electoral dates, observers and guarantees, the economic situation and a truth commission was on the table, but that the opposition delegation headed by opposition legislator Julio Borges "raised the need to provide observations", while the government was ready to sign the document. Its two most popular leaders are...

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Cateriano deplored the statement by Kuczynski, who yesterday said that Maduro is invited to the summit and referred to a possible reaction of the Venezuelan immigrants to that visit.

Talks between Venezuela's socialist government and right-wing opposition went into an "indefinite recess" after the two sides were unable to reach an agreement, president of the Dominican Republic said Wednesday.

Venezuelan government representatives have accused the United States of attempting to "sabotage" the talks, claiming that the opposition was receiving instructions from the USA administration. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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