Venezuela opposition eases off Maduro ahead of talks

The president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Henry Ramos Allup, speaks during a session in Caracas on November 1, 2016Venezuela’s opposition suspended a “trial” by lawmakers together with a planned mass march against the unpopular President Nicolas Maduro, ahead of talks next week aimed at easing their country’s deep crisis. The decision adopted by the opposition-led National Assembly to put off its proceedings against Maduro on charges he has been derelict in his constitutional duties was not “capitulation,” speaker Henry Ramos Allup said. Instead, it showed the opposition’s desire to seek a solution to the crisis through the talks with the government set to begin November 11, he said.

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