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Venezuela delays its controversial presidential election to May

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Photo: Orhan Karsli / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) announced a decision to delay its presidential elections — scheduled for April 22 — to May, as part of an agreement between the government and some opposition parties, the BBC reports. The new date hasn't been finalized.

Why it matters: Presidential contests are traditionally held in Venezuela in December, but the CNE announced last month that a snap election would be held in April after negotiations between the ruling Socialist Party and opposition politicians broke down. Per the BBC, critics believe that the move was an attempt to further divide an already-splintered opposition coalition to give President Nicolás Maduro an electoral advantage.