Venezuela opposition bets on risky truce with Maduro

Jesus Torrealba, secretary general of the main opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable, speaks during a press conference in Caracas on November 2, 2016Venezuela’s opposition began a tense truce Wednesday with President Nicolas Maduro, but supporters accused it of betraying them amid warnings the strategy might backfire. With Pope Francis’s blessing, Maduro and top opposition leaders have agreed to sit down to Vatican-mediated talks starting November 11, seeking an exit from a nasty political crisis and economic melt-down. MUD secretary general Jesus Torrealba urged patience from Maduro opponents demanding an unrelenting assault on the man they accuse of driving Venezuela to the brink of collapse.

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