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Venezuela opposition leader gets 15-year ban from running for office

Published:Saturday | April 8, 2017 | 4:53 PM
Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles speaks to members of the media following his meeting with Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General, Luis Almagro, at the OAS building in Washington, on March 31.

Leading Venezuelan opposition figure, Henrique Capriles, has been banned from seeking public office for 15 years.

The ban comes after a week of several opposition groups staged a series of protests in the capital Caracas.

Capriles has been leading calls for a referendum on President Nicolas Maduro.

There was no immediate response from the Maduro administration on the ban.

However, Capriles says he will continue to serve as governor of Miranda state and called on Venezuelans to hold more protest action today.