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Maduro gets rare international boost from Bolivian leader

AFP  |  Caracas 

Bolivia's made a flying visit to for talks with today, a month ahead of controversial polls set to give the a second term.

Morales' visit provided a rare international show of support for Maduro in the wake of the Summit of the in last week, during which the and leaders from across warned the May 20 vote would lack legitimacy and credibility.

Venezuela's main opposition is boycotting the vote on the grounds that there are no guarantees that it will be free and fair.

The leftist Bolivian leader was received with full military honours at Maduro's presidential palace.

"We are anti-imperialist and no-one is going to blackmail us," Morales said in brief statement to reporters after the one-hour meeting.

"We revolutionaries are recognised by our peoples," Morales said in a brief statement to reporters after the one-hour meeting with Maduro.

The May 20 poll would be "void of legitimacy and credibility" if it went ahead under current conditions, the Western Hemisphere nations said in a joint declaration released at the summit in

Maduro was not invited to the summit, but Morales defended him, condemning particularly the US sanctions against Maduro's and regretting his Venezuelan counterpart's absence -- which he blamed on US pressure.

Maduro is seeking a second six-year term despite his battling hyperinflation, scarcities of and medicine, and violence.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 07:35 IST