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Maduro's critics want to know: Is he actually Colombian?

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, seen in Caracas on January 29, 2016, continually refuses to produce his birth certificate and says he was born in Caracas on November 23, 1962A high-profile group of Venezuelans has called on the opposition-controlled National Assembly to investigate persistent rumors that President Nicolas Maduro is in fact Colombian, disqualifying him from holding the office. The letter — with echoes of the challenges to the citizenship of US President Barack Obama — carries 62 signatures, including those of a former ambassador, a leading businessman and some former military leaders opposed to Chavism, the leftist ideology associated with Maduro’s predecessor, the late president Hugo Chavez. The letter asserts that Maduro, as the “son of a Colombian mother” and having lived in that neighboring country as a youth, is “Colombian by birth” under the Colombian Constitution.

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