Venezuela political crisis: Opposition parties cannot participate in next presidential election, says Nicolas Maduro
Venezuela's leading opposition parties cannot take part in next year's presidential election because they did not take part in Sunday's local voting, President Nicolas Maduro said
Caracas: Venezuela's leading opposition parties cannot take part in next year's presidential election because they did not take part in Sunday's local voting, President Nicolas Maduro said, in a move set to further consolidate his grip on power.
That includes the groups of Henrique Capriles, Leopoldo Lopez and others, Maduro said after voting. "That's what the National Constituent Assembly set out," he said, referring to the Maduro-allied special powers legislature.
Venezuela hit its 100th day of anti-government protests on Sunday, amid uncertainty over whether the release from prison a day earlier of prominent political prisoner Leopoldo Lopez might open the doors to negotiations to defuse the profound crisis gripping the country.
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Inflation in Venezuela is projected to surpass 2,000 percent this year, and the economy is estimated to have shrunk by 12 percent. Shortages of food, medicine and basic goods have become dire amid moves by Maduro to crack down on dissent
Venezuelan demonstrators commemorated 100 days of continued street protests against President Nicolas Maduro and celebrated the release of leader Leopoldo Lopez.