Opposition Parliament Speaker Declines Dialog With Venezuela Government

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Venezuela’s parliament speaker Henry Ramos has declined reconciliation talks with President Nicolas Maduro amid deepening political crisis, local media said.

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — The Socialist-led South American country has been in turmoil since the election of an opposition-controlled parliament in January, which led to a split between the legislature and the judiciary.

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"Do you believe that the leadership of the National Assembly is stupid enough to attempt to settle the conflict with those who are part of it, such as your [Supreme] court?" Ramos was quoted by El Universal news website as saying Monday.

The Venezuelan government asked the country’s top court last week to stop the opposition Democratic Party’s bid to hold a recall referendum to oust Maduro.

Public support for the president has dropped to record lows after falling oil prices strained oil-rich Venezuela’s budget, sparking high inflation and product shortages.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said in May that opposition and government officials were in talks to settle the deepening crisis.

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