Venezuela's electoral council to provide assistance to opposition's primary
Venezuela's National Electoral Council unanimously approved to provide technical assistance for a primary election that will allow the South American country to choose an opposition candidate to run for president, the head of the electoral body said on Friday.
A firm date for the presidential election has not yet been set as President Nicolas Maduro's government, the opposition and the U.S. government try to progress towards an agreement on how to secure fair and free elections. The U.S. and most Western nation's consider Maduro's 2018 re-election a sham.
In recent months, the government has banned some opposition candidates from participating in the election, including front runner Maria Corina Machado, a move that has been criticized by Washington.