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  Corbyn refuses to condemn Maduro as he breaks Venezuela silence
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Aug 10, 2017 08:16pm
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AuthorAlan McGuinness
News DateFriday, August 11, 2017 02:15:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionJeremy Corbyn has condemned the "violence" inflicted by all sides in Venezuela, but failed to criticise President Nicolas Maduro.

The Labour leader said "dialogue and a process" was needed to improve the situation in the South American nation, which has descended into chaos after a disputed vote which gave Mr Maduro's ruling socialist party almost unlimited powers.

More than 100 people have been killed in four months of anti-government protests, with hundreds more in prison.

Mr Corbyn said it was important to recognise the "effective and serious attempts" to reduce poverty, improve literacy and improve the lives of Venezuela's poor.

He has been under pressure to personally condemn Mr Maduro, given his previous support for Venezuela's left-wing governments.

A number of Mr Corbyn's MPs lined up to criticise him in the wake of his remarks, with one suggesting the comments do not befit a politician who wants to prime minister.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has accused Mr Maduro of behaving like the "dictator of an evil regime", and Downing Street said on Monday that "urgent action" was needed to stop the situation getting worse.

Speaking at a meeting of Labour Party members in Crawley, West Sussex, Mr Corbyn said: "I'm very sad at the lives that have been lost in Venezuela.
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