February 14, 2018 / 12:14 AM / in 4 months

Lima Group countries criticize Venezuela election date

LIMA, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The “Lima Group” of Latin American nations plus Canada on Tuesday criticized Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s decision to hold a presidential election on April 22 and urged him to reconsider the date.

In a statement, the countries said there could not be free and fair elections in Venezuela as long as there were political prisoners.

Peru’s foreign minister also told a news conference that Maduro would not be welcome at the Summit of the Americas to be held in Lima in April. (Reporting by Marco Aquino; Writing by Caroline Stauffer; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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