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Maduro loyalists set April election date in Venezuela

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Officials in Venezuela said on Wednesday that they have called a presidential election for April 22, per the AP, after negotiations between the ruling socialist party and opposition politicians broke down.

Why it matters: President Nicolas Maduro has already launched his campaign for a second term, and is currently the only candidate in a race the opposition says could be a sham, per the AP. Maduro's nearly five-year tenure has largely been marred by economic crises, food shortages and civil unrest.