Venezuela opposition leader quits as coalition rift widens

Venezuela opposition leader quits as coalition rift widens
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  • calendar-gray 25 October 2017

Venezuela's opposition has taken a hit after one of its leading members announced he was leaving the coalition, APA reports quoting BBC.

Henrique Capriles, an ex-presidential candidate, said the move was in protest at the decision by four newly elected opposition governors to pledge allegiance to the constituent assembly.

The Roundtable for Democracy (MUD) regards the assembly as illegitimate.

The MUD governors were elected in regional polls this month in which the government won 18 out of 23 states.

The outcome of the 15 October elections, which it said were fraudulent - and President Nicolas Maduro's insistence that all new governors bow to the constituent assembly - has caused a rift among members of the opposition coalition.

Mr Capriles said on Tuesday that he "would not be part" of the opposition MUD "because it is not unity as a concept or a vision".

"It is just some people that grab the bones that are thrown to them," he said.

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