Leading Venezuela opposition figure barred from office 15 years

Leading Venezuela opposition figure barred from office 15 yearsBy Alexandra Ulmer and Brian Ellsworth CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles on Friday was banned from holding political office for 15 years, a move that could galvanize protests against the leftist government and upend a presidential election in 2018. Capriles, a two-time presidential candidate and current governor of Miranda state, was seen as the opposition’s best hope to defeat President Nicolas Maduro. The national comptroller banned him from office due to “administrative irregularities” including breaking contracting laws and improper management of donations from the British and Polish embassies, according to a copy of the ban.



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