Venezuela opposition weighs election run after talks end

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro talks to the media before an event with supporters of Somos Venezuela movement in Caracas Venezuela

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro talks to the media before an event with supporters of Somos Venezuela movement in Caracas Venezuela

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is accused by his critics of calling for the vote to engineer a second term for himself.

Venezuela scheduled a presidential election for April 22 after mediation talks between the leftist government and an opposition coalition collapsed on Wednesday, Reuters reports. Maduro running despite his widespread unpopularity and a crushing economic crisis in the oil-rich nation.

"The National Electoral Council has been in permanent session, since Monday, analyzing the dates and working on different scenarios and schedules.Today we decided, and the presidential elections are scheduled for April 22, 2018", she said during a press conference in Caracas.

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.

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Some say participating in what they consider a sham election will merely lend legitimacy to an authoritarian government.

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.

The announcement comes hours after a breakdown in negotiations between Venezuela's ruling socialist party and opposition politicians.

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

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The opposition said the government would not budge on issues including freedom for jailed opposition activists or humanitarian aid for hungry and ill Venezuelans.

Both the Secretary of State of the United States, Rex Tillerson, and the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, said this week that "it will be impossible for Colombia, and I think that for many democratic countries like the Lima Group members, to recognize any result, of the Venezuelan elections". 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 US government.

Earlier on Thursday the United States condemned what it called Venezuela's decision to proceed with the election without guarantees to ensure it is fair.

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