Venezuelan president cancels Rome meeting with Pope due to flu

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during his weekly broadcast ''en contacto con Maduro'' (In contact with Maduro) at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, in this June 2, 2015 handout picture provided by Miraflores Palace. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout via Reuters
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks right through his weekly broadcast ”en contacto con Maduro” (In Contact with Maduro) at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, on this June 2, 2015 handout picture provided via Miraflores Palace.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro stated on Saturday he had canceled a planned go back and forth to Rome, all through which he was Because Of meet Pope Francis, because he is sick with flu.

Maduro, a socialist, had been Due To meet the Argentine Pope on Sunday. “Because Of being hit by way of flu and otitis, medical doctors have forbidden me to get on a plane and make the experience,” he said in a broadcast on state television, including he used to be in quest of to reschedule the meeting.

Otitis is an irritation of the ear.

Opposition leaders staged anti-govt vigils on Saturday to urge the Pope to mediate in favor of their jailed colleagues. These type a part of greater protests that include partial hunger strikes through jailed opposition leaders.

Opposition heavyweight Leopoldo Lopez and former mayor Daniel Ceballos, each imprisoned early last year for his or her position in nationwide protests which left more than 40 useless on each side of the political divide, launched their partial hunger strikes round two weeks in the past.

Two-time opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles wrote an open letter to the Pope earlier this week asking him to intervene in Venezuela, which is mired in a extreme economic quandary.

Maduro was additionally Due To tackle on the United Countries’ Rome-based Meals and Agriculture Group (FAO) on Monday.

He didn’t specify whether he used to be additionally calling off a deliberate visit to Brussels to attend a gathering between the ecu Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) scheduled for June 10 and Eleven.

(Reporting by Corina Pons; Writing through Girish Gupta; Enhancing through Alexandra Ulmer and Frances Kerry)

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