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Spain's ex-PM Zapatero calls for national dialogue to ease Venezuela's political crisis

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By Euronews
Spain's ex-PM Zapatero calls for national dialogue to ease Venezuela's political crisis

<p>Spain’s former Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has called for national dialogue in Venezuela in effort to mediate in the country’s spiralling political crisis. </p> <p>On an official visit to Caracas following talks with the speaker of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Zapatero urged caution to work through what he described as a complicated situation.</p> <p>“We must take all precautions in this attempt to constitute a national dialogue. Any expectations are premature. We must work with a pace that is determined by the difficulty of the situation,” the former Spanish premier said. </p> <p>Faced with an economy in crisis, Venezuela has seen a wave of protests against Nicolas Maduro’s rule. </p> <p>The embattled president and his government have so far ruled out opposition demands for a recall referendum this year to try to remove him from power. </p> <p>On Friday, Venezuela’s Supreme Court also backed a state of emergency decree issued by Maduro last week giving him extra powers. </p> <p>Meanwhile, the wife of Venezuela’s jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has demanded help for her home country.</p> <p>Speaking from the Colombian capital Bogota, Lilian Tintori, asked regional countries to urgently donate supplies. </p> <p>Hit by the world’s highest inflation rate, Venezuela’s shrinking economy, has seen chronic shortages of medicines and basic food items.</p>