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Excluded Venezuelan leader calls Americas summit 'failure'

From Reuters - April 14, 2018

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelas President Nicolas Maduro, excluded from the Summit of the Americas due to regional censure of his democratic record, mocked the meeting in Lima as a complete failure on Saturday.

Addressing red-shirted supporters at an anti-imperialist rally in Caracas, Venezuelas socialist leader said other Latin American presidents were wasting their time criticizing him.

Everyone who attacks Venezuela ends up losing, he said The Summit of the Americas has been a complete failure.

U.S. President Donald Trumps last-minute cancellation weakened the summits importance, then overnight western air strikes on Syria overshadowed it.

Even so, opposition to Maduros autocratic government around Latin America is strong, with various leaders viewing an upcoming May 20 presidential election as a farce intended to legitimize his rule. Authorities have banned the two most popular opposition leaders from running for election.

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