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Venezuelan government-opposition dialogue likely to lead to municipal elections, but critical indicator remains agreement on presidential election

25 September 2017

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The foreign affairs ministers of 12 countries from the Americas (the so-called 'Lima group') issued a joint statement on 24 September supporting the ongoing dialogue between President Nicolás Maduro's government and the opposition coalition Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mesa de la Unidad Democratica: MUD).

The Lima group, comprising Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru, said that it would follow up the process to restore democracy in Venezuela, aiming for a peaceful negotiated solution to the political crisis. At least 134 people died in confrontations with security forces in anti-government protests held between 1 April and 31 July demanding an early presidential election and rejecting government attempts to revise the constitution.

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