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Canada bans Venezuela expat voters from casting ballots

May 17, 2018 4:18 AM
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Canada bans Venezuela expat voters from casting ballots

Canada considers Sunday's election illegitimate

Venezuela says Canada is blocking its citizens living there from voting in the South American nation's weekend presidential election.

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Wednesday called Canada's decision hostile and urged the government to reconsider.

President Nicolas Maduro seeks a second term in Sunday's election, which Canada, the U.S. and others reject as illegitimate.

Arreaza says Canada won't allow voting to take place inside the Venezuelan Embassy and consulates.

They say Maduro is to blame for failing to allow his people to freely express their democratic rights, such as banning the leading opposition parties from participating.

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