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Venezuela: Opposition leader Capriles defiant despite 15-year ban

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Venezuela: Opposition leader Capriles defiant despite 15-year ban

<p>Venezuela’s opposition leader is vowing to fight on, despite being barred from holding political office for 15 years.</p> <p>State governor Henrique Capriles was seen as the opposition’s best hope of defeating President Nicolas Maduro in elections scheduled for 2018.</p> <p>Authorities though have now disqualified him for what they call “administrative irregularities”.</p> <p>The ban is all the more reason to mobilise, Capriles told supporters in Caracas, urging them onto the streets on Saturday to protest against a president accused of leading Venezuela to dictatorship by cracking down on dissent.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UPDATE?src=hash">#UPDATE</a> Venezuela opposition leader Henrique Capriles effectively banned from running against president <a href="https://t.co/XQbr5UIZdV">https://t.co/XQbr5UIZdV</a> <a href="https://t.co/Jfy3IYW72M">pic.twitter.com/Jfy3IYW72M</a></p>— AFP news agency (@AFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/850515435673985026">8 avril 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>Capriles, a two-time presidential candidate and current governor of Miranda state, was defiant as he addressed an emotive crowd at a small sports arena in the capital.</p> <p>“You can shove your disqualification where the sun doesn’t shine,” said Capriles, flanked by opposition leaders. </p> <p>“This is not one person’s struggle, this is not Capriles’ struggle. This is the Venezuelan people’s struggle.”</p> <p>Leftist President Maduro maintains he is defending the legacy of the late Hugo Chavez. But Venezuela has the world’s highest inflation rate and crippling shortages of food and medicine.</p> <p>The ban on Capriles is likely to further fuel the latest wave of protests that erupted after the Supreme Court assumed control of the opposition-led Congress. The outcry forced the court to back down but the demonstrations continued.</p> <p>A young man died in violence around protests on Thursday.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Venezuela opposition turns ire on Supreme Court judges <a href="https://t.co/rssfXb5q31">https://t.co/rssfXb5q31</a> <a href="https://t.co/q8sY7yO2cD">pic.twitter.com/q8sY7yO2cD</a></p>— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/848627374224805888">2 avril 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p><em>with Reuters</em></p>