Killing ramps up fears of Venezuela poll violence

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech in front of the Miraflores presidential palace, in Caracas on November 21, 2015Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday the fatal shooting of an opposition leader appeared to be a gangland score-settling, dismissing claims it was politically motivated ahead of elections. The event was also attended by Lilian Tintori, the wife of a jailed opposition leader and a high-profile critic of Maduro. Polls have indicated Maduro’s socialist government could lose its majority in the National Assembly in next month’s vote, potentially weakening his grip on power.

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