Venezuela’s opposition on Thursday called for a boycott of the May 20 presidential election, urging those running against President Nicolas Maduro to withdraw their candidacy. “Don’t take part and leave the streets empty,” said a statement issued by the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), the main opposition coalition, which said it would be a clear sign “rejecting Maduro’s regime and electoral fraud.” There are only two challengers running against Maduro, both former supporters of the late Hugo Chavez supporters who have distanced themselves from the current government.
Maduro’s only serious opponent is Henri Falcon, a 56-year old former mayor and state governor who has already rejected MUD’s calls for a boycott. The other candidate is a little-known evangelical pastor called Javier Bertucci.
“We continue to call on Mr Falcon to refuse to be a part of this farce,” opposition deputy Delsa Solorzano told reporters.
Henry Ramos Allup, former president of the National Assembly, said the number of people expected to boycott the vote was “dramatic” with the latest polls suggesting it could be as high as 60 percent.
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