Venezuela opposition shuns talks with government

The Venezuelan opposition has rejected the resumption of Vatican-backed talks with the government next month, aimed at resolving the economic and political crises facing the country.


Jesus Torrealba, the leader of the opposition MUD coalition, made the announcement on Saturday, saying that his side would not resume stalled talks with the government in Caracas due to a number of demands that had not been met so far.


“Conditions do not exist for the return to direct dialog between the parties on January 13,” Torrealba added.


The MUD is demanding that the negotiations result in setting a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro or that the date of the presidential election due for December 2018 be brought forward. It also seeks the release of jailed opposition leaders.


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