Maduro Eyes Victory in Venezuela Poll Amid Opposition Boycott

Guaidó, 37, called for a boycott on grounds that "free and fair" conditions for holding elections do not exist. He labeled Sunday's poll "a fraud".

by Andrea Tosta

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (AFP) Venezuelans vote Sunday in legislative elections set to tighten President Nicolas Maduro's grip on power and further weaken his US-backed opposition rival Juan Guaidó, who is leading a boycott of the polls he calls a fraud.

Victory will give Maduro's ruling Socialist Party control of an expanded 227-seat National Assembly, the only institution not yet in its hands.

"The day has come. We have been patient," Maduro said Saturday at his Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas. Sunday's vote comes five years after the opposition won control of . . .

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