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Venezuelan Electoral Body Sets Presidential Election Date
10 February 2018, 02:11 | Rufus Hill
"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.
Venezuela scheduled a presidential election for April 22 after mediation talks between the leftist government and an opposition coalition collapsed on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, reaffirmed on Sunday that the government delegation is ready to sign the agreement of peace and coexistence with the opposition of that country.
After surviving months of massive street protests a year ago, Maduro has consolidated his power by creating a new legislative superbody and sidelining opposition parties.
The announcement comes amid a climate of disagreement between the government and the opposition over the elections. The opposition had called for guarantees from the government, including the release of political prisoners and the reinstatement of politicians who had been barred from office.
But other opposition activists say they have to keep up pressure by voting, and an upset could occur given public disgust at growing national penury. During hours-long events broadcast on state television, cheering red-shirted supporters sing his campaign jingle "Everyone with Maduro" while he dances salsa with first lady Cilia Flores, whom he calls the "First Combatant". He's distancing himself from former President Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013.
The news follows last week's confirmation that incumbent President Nicolas Maduro has been named the official candidate for the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).
Medina said Maduro had expressed "the desire to continue dialogue", but the opposition delegation "did not understand" that the signing of the final peace agreement would take place on February 6 while the Venezuelan government did come to the meeting with the intention of signing the document in the presence of worldwide observers.
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