Venezuela calls April 22 presidential election

Violet Powell
February 10, 2018

Ruling socialists had previously said a vote would be held before the end of April, with President Nicolas Maduro running.

Venezuela scheduled a presidential election for April 22 after mediation talks between the leftist government and an opposition coalition collapsed on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

The talks crumbled on Wednesday, and the electoral board announced April 22 as the date for the election.

Maduro's foes, who staged massive protests last year in an attempt to force early elections, say six more years of Maduro at the helm would spark a full-fledged humanitarian crisis and the utter destruction of Venezuela's economy.

The opposition is considering running a unifying candidate or simply boycotting the elections.

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Maduro, 55, who narrowly won elections in 2013 to replace former President Hugo Chavez, is the favorite to win the presidential vote. "If they dare to call abstention, we will give them a historical struggle, with or without the opposition, we will triumph in the presidential elections", he said in a rally. Its two most popular leaders are...

Also on Wednesday, Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina announced that dialogue between the Venezuelan government and the right-wing opposition had entered a stage of indefinite recess after the opposition refused to sign a draft agreement aimed at promoting peace and unity between the two parties.

Sponsored by Medina and former Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the dialogue had support from representatives of the Chilean government at the request of the Venezuelan opposition, while Maduro's government had invited Bolivia, Nicaragua and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to participate. The government, meanwhile, accused opposition leaders of taking orders from Washington to abort the talks.

Over the past several months President Maduro's government and opposition parties have been hammering out a conflict resolution accord between the two sides, mediated by global political figures in the Dominican Republic. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

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