February 27, 2018 / 11:00 PM / a year ago

Venezuelan ex-governor Falcon to run against Maduro in April election

Venezuelan opposition presidential pre-candidate Henri Falcon attends a meeting with representatives of international media in Caracas, Venezuela February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Marco Bello

CARACAS (Reuters) - Former Venezuelan governor Henri Falcon launched his candidacy on Tuesday to run against President Nicolas Maduro in an April 22 presidential election that the country’s opposition is calling a farce that will consolidate Maduro’s dictatorship.

Falcon, who announced his candidacy on state television, will run despite a coalition of opposition parties saying last week it would not present a candidate as it considered the elections a “fraudulent, illegitimate” process.

Reporting by Venezuela newsroom; Editing by Girish Gupta

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