Venezuela government, opposition meet with mediator

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C) meets with former Panamanian president Martin Torrijos (L) and former Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (R) at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on May 18, 2016Seeking a path out of political deadlock, Venezuela’s embattled government and opposition met separately Saturday with international mediators led by Spain’s former Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. The crisis has prompted food shortages and deadly looting that the opposition blames on socialist President’s Nicolas Maduro’s economic mismanagement. Rodriguez Zapatero is part of the group of mediators that also includes Dominican ex-president Leonel Fernandez and Panamanian ex-leader Martin Torrijos.

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