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Venezuela Bans Opposition Parties From 2018 Presidential Election

Venezuela Bans Opposition Parties From 2018 Presidential Election

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said opposition parties can not participate in future races after they boycotted Sunday's mayoral elections.

The US state department said it was "an extreme measure" created to consolidate President Maduro's power.

The tense exchange stems from Sunday's voting, which marked the last nationwide elections before next year's presidential race, in which Maduro is expected to seek another term despite his steep unpopularity.

At a rally held Sunday in Caracas, Maduro announced his party΄s electoral success as hundreds of supporters shouted "Go home, Donald Trump!"

He said only parties which took part in Sunday's mayoral polls would be able to contest the presidency.

"They can not take part".

"A presidential election can not be legitimate if candidates and parties can not freely participate", she said. "That's the criterion that the constituent assembly set out constitutionally and legally and I, as head of state (...), support them", President Maduro said referring to the assembly which he convened earlier this year and which is exclusively made up of government supporters.

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U.S. state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert was scathing in her reaction to Mr Maduro's announcement.

United States of America has condemned Maduro's threat to opposition parties stating that 'the Venezuelan people deserve right to free and fair democratic process that is open to all candidates'.

Julio Borges, president of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, took his case against Maduro to the Vatican on Monday, meeting with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican΄s secretary of state and the former papal nuncio in Caracas.

Venezuela has been mired in a worsening economic crisis characterized by shortages of basic goods and soaring inflation.

Venezuela has seen months of protests that left over 120 dead. Maduro's opponents on social media questioned the figures.

"Neither the political nor the social tension are calming down", Magdaleno told The Associated Press.