January 23, 2018 / 8:48 PM / a year ago

Group of Latin American countries says Venezuela vote would lack legitimacy

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A regional Latin American grouping on Tuesday criticized Venezuela’s decision to hold a presidential vote by the end of April, saying an election held under the present conditions would lack legitimacy.

The so-called Lima Group, whose members include Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Mexico called for Venezuela to release political prisoners after a meeting in Santiago.

Earlier on Tuesday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whom foes decry as a dictator who has wrecked the OPEC member’s economy, said he would run again if the ruling Socialist Party asked him.

Reporting by Felipe Iturrieta; Writing by Luc Cohen; Editing by Sandra Maler

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