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  Venezuela's hardline opposition party to boycott 'fraudulent' election
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Feb 16, 2018 10:58pm
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AuthorReuters Staff
News DateSaturday, February 17, 2018 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionCARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s hardline opposition party Popular Will, whose leader Leopoldo Lopez would be a leading presidential contender if he were not under house arrest, announced on Friday it would boycott April’s presidential vote, calling it a “fraud.”

Venezuela’s opposition coalition has been debating whether to participate in the April 22 election. Although leftist President Nicolas Maduro has low approval ratings, critics say the electoral council is likely to alter the results of the vote in his favor, and the two main opposition figureheads are banned from participating.

Lopez is under house arrest for allegedly inciting violence during 2014 protests, while two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles is barred from office for alleged administrative irregularities. Both men deny those charges, saying they are trumped up to sideline them.
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