Venezuela opposition asks for Vatican mediation

Venezuelan opposition spokesman of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) Jesus Torrealba (R), seen leaving the National Electoral Council in Caracas, on June 28, 2016Venezuela’s opposition coalition called for the Vatican to join an international mediation effort with the government, but said it would not back down on a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro. An effort by former leaders of Spain, Panama and the Dominican Republic to launch dialogue “needs to be broadened,” the MUD coalition said in a statement, released on Thursday. “We consider the participation of a representative of the Holy See to be fundamental,” alongside that of former Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and former presidents Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican Republic and Martín Torrijos of Panama, it said.

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