Venezuela Top Court Sidelines Opposition Coalition, Could Split Maduro Foes | 1/26/2018 | Staff
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s pro-government Supreme Court late on Thursday excluded the opposition coalition from registering ahead of this year’s presidential election, possibly splintering President Nicolas Maduro’s foes by pushing political parties to put forward competing candidates.

The court’s ruling was just the latest blow to the demoralized opposition, which is seeking to unseat unpopular leftist Maduro in the midst of a brutal economic crisis.

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The opposition’s most popular leaders, such as Leopoldo Lopez and Henrique Capriles, are barred from standing in the election, slated to be held before April 30. Some are in jail, others are in exile or banned from politics.

The coalition had planned to hold primaries to settle on a joint candidate. But Thursday’s ruling said the coalition violated the principle...
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