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Venezuela's Maduro orders reopening of Miami consulate before election

From Reuters - February 15, 2018

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelas President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the reopening of the countrys consulate in Miami, home to a sizeable anti-government community, before presidential elections on April 22, reversing a move by his predecessor Hugo Chavez.

Speaking at the countrys Supreme Court late Wednesday, Maduro said he had received a request from Miamis Venezuelan community to open the consulate so they could vote in the hastily arranged election, announced last week.

I have given the instruction to the foreign minister to proceed immediately to open the Miami consulate so that all Venezuelans can enroll in the electoral registry, Maduro said.

In Venezuela there will be no coup detat. In Venezuela so there will be presidential elections and the people will decide who is their president in a free way.

On Tuesday, the Lima group of 14 Latin American countries plus Canada said the election would not be free and fair as long as Venezuela has political prisoners, the opposition was not fully participating and Venezuelans abroad were not allowed to vote.

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