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Weekly Report - 09 July 2020 (WR-20-27)

VENEZUELA : Opposition braced for another boycott

For several weeks, the Venezuelan opposition had been weighing up whether or not to participate in December’s legislative elections [WR-20-26]. The prospect of a boycott was no empty threat, but it did appear to be something of a last resort, with the primary strategy instead being the application of pressure to win electoral concessions. This decision, however, has seemingly been taken out of the opposition’s hands, after Venezuela’s supreme court (TSJ) transferred control of the major opposition party Voluntad Popular (VP) on 7 July to José Noriega, a dissident deputy accused of collaborating with Nicolás Maduro’s government.

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