WORLD Venezuela frees 2 opponents as Maduro consolidates power

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Venezuela frees 2 opponents as Maduro consolidates power

AP

22:21, November 04, 2017

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro. File Photo: VCG

Venezuela's government has released two opposition activists it has held for more than a year, one of them a Spanish citizen, as President Nicolas Maduro looks to ease international pressure following months of unrest.

Lawyers' co-op spokesman Foro Penal said Yon Goicoechea and Delson Guarate were freed late Friday night.

Both had been held by the Sebin intelligence police without a trial. Authorities had ordered the release of Goicoechea, who was granted Spanish citizenship while jailed, more than a year ago.

Maduro's government has been steadily released opponents since consolidating its power following the election of a constitutional assembly in July.

With the latest releases, Foro Penal said Venezuela still has 360 political prisoners, down from a peak of 676 at the height of the anti-government protests against the constitutional assembly.

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