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Venezuelan Oppn leader seeks asylum in Spain

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Madrid : Venezuelan opposition leader and former metropolitan Mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, has submitted a request for political asylum in Spain, reports IANS.

Even though Ledezma himself, who arrived in Spain a week ago from Colombia after fleeing Venezuela, had stated he had no intention of seeking asylum, Spanish government spokesman Iñigo Mendez de Vigo announced on Friday that he had changed his mind, Efe news reported.

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy received Ledezma last Saturday. The Venezuelan opposition leader had been under house arrest in his country since 2015, accused of conspiracy and criminal association. Earlier this week, the opposition majority at Caracas City Hall cancelled Ledezma’s title of metropolitan Mayor after he fled the country.


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