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04 March 2018, 01:49 | Katrina Lee
Maduro Arrives to Officially Register for Venezuela Presidential Run
But Arreaza said he is confident Venezuela would overcome these problems and trusts Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to "stabilise and diversify the economy in Venezuela" to "achieve alternative routes".
The original date of the presidential election, April 22, had been announced in early February, giving potential candidates little notice. Maduro to postpone the vote and provide other conditions.
"A free and fair election should include the full participation of all political parties and political leaders, the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners, proper electoral calendar, credible worldwide observation, and an independent electoral authority", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
"Sadly, Falcon succumbed to the temptation of participating and playing the dictatorship's game", said Juan Pablo Guanipa, a leader in Capriles' Justice First party.
The CNE said the poll would now be held on 20 May.
Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez told Reuters that Thursday's agreement with Falcon's Progressive Advance party, and some other movements, was evidence of a reconciliatory spirit that undercut foreign criticism of autocratic rule in Venezuela. Maduro wants Mr. Falcon to run to give the election a veil of legitimacy. Mr.
Despite statements from parties in the Democratic Unity Roundtable, or MUD, coalition that they would not take part in the upcoming elections, the Venezuelan president called on the opposition to challenge him and ignore instructions coming from the United States.
A former military man who broke with the ruling socialists in 2010, Falcon styles himself a center-leftist favoring business-friendly policies with strong social welfare programs.
It is also not clear whether the delay will ease pressure on the Venezuelan government.
Maduro says Venezuela'selection system is clean, and accuses the United States of leading a right-wing worldwide conspiracy to end socialism and take over his nation's oil.
The election has been widely criticized by countries throughout Latin America and the USA, which has hinted at expanding sanctions if the vote takes place.
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