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Venezuela releases ex-general jailed in post-election crackdown on opposition – The Washington Post

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan authorities have released a dissident ex-general who was jailed on charges of inciting unrest after the country’s disputed presidential election. Retired Gen. Antonio Rivero said he would “take care of my health” as he was freed late Friday. Opposition leaders said he was hospitalized Saturday with …

Election body widens vote audit in Venezuela | Reuters

(Reuters) – Venezuela’s election authority said on Thursday it would audit the remaining 46 percent of electronic votes that have not been checked since President-elect Nicolas Maduro won Sunday’s presidential election. The National Electoral Council (CNE) carried out an audit of 54 percent of the ballots and has said Maduro …

Venezuelan Opposition Dispute Maduro Victory – NYTimes.com

CARACAS, Venezuela — It hardly seemed like a victory celebration. Nicolás Maduro stepped onto a stage here Sunday night after being declared the winner by a narrow margin in the presidential election to replace his mentor, Hugo Chávez, but his supporters were already streaming away in droves. The long faces …

Venezuelan opposition calls for protests to demand recount | Reuters

(Reuters) – Opposition leader Henrique Capriles on Monday called on Venezuelans to take to the streets and peacefully demand a vote recount if election authorities formally proclaim Hugo Chavez’s chosen successor as the next president. The day after Venezuela’s election board declared acting President Nicolas Maduro winner of Sunday’s presidential …

Venezuelan opposition leader faces fresh charges – latimes.com

CARACAS, Venezuela — Leading Venezuelan opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez appeared before prosecutors in Caracas on Thursday to answer charges of influence peddling while he was a state oil company employee in 1998, an accusation he described as “political persecution.” Lopez, a strong critic of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez and cofounder …