Assembly in Venezuela approves pardon for political prisoners

Lilian Tintori (R), wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and Eveling Trejo De Rosales (2nd-R), wife of jailed former mayor of Maracaibo Manuel Rosales, demonstrate before a session of the National Assembly, in CaracasLawmakers in Venezuela’s opposition-controlled legislature approved an amnesty for jailed foes of President Nicolas Maduro, who has pledged to veto the bill. The amnesty bill seeks the release of 75 jailed dissidents. Maduro has introduced emergency economic measures that give him heightened powers to intervene in the stricken, state-led economy.

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