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Venezuela pardons over 100 opposition leaders

Video Credit: Reuters - Politics
Published on September 1, 2020 - Duration: 01:29s

Venezuela pardons over 100 opposition leaders

More than 100 opposition leaders in Venezuela have been pardoned by President Nicolas Maduro.

It signals efforts to boost participation in the next election after accusations the vote would be rigged.

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Venezuela pardons over 100 opposition leaders

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has pardoned over 100 opposition politicians, signalling an effort by his Socialist Party to boost participation in the upcoming December election -- an election that has already drawn accusations by critics of vote rigging.

Maduro’s chief prosecutor says the move is to promote political debate.

The opposition has been threatening to boycott the election.

Opposition chief of staff Roberto Marrero was one of the most high profile to be cleared.

“The ones who brought me here did not ask for permission to bring me here.

They just took me out.

And to those who say that a prisoner cannot accept such a measure, I don't wish this on for them, for them to understand what it is like to be imprisoned.

I don't wish this on anybody, least of all being a political prisoner, because it is worse.

Prison is the worst thing that can happen to a human." Many of those pardoned had played parts in the failed 2019 rebellion against the government and had either been imprisoned or living in exile.

Opposition leaders say Maduro's 2018 re-election was fraudulent, and have recognized Juan Guaido as the legitimate president.

More than 50 other countries, including the United States have since followed suit.

On Sunday (August 29) Guaido urged the opposition to come together in order to tackle Maduro amid contrasting strategies within the coalition.

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