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Summit host yanks Venezuela's invitation over early election

AP  |  Lima 

The host nation for a summit of Western Hemisphere leaders today withdrew its invitation to Venezuelan leader over his country's plan to hold an early

Maduro had been among leaders invited to the Summit of the Americas, a regional gathering seen as the premier forum for projecting US leadership in and the

Venezuela's pro-government election officials recently announced that the will be April 22, though traditionally the vote has been held late in the year.

The date was set just hours after negotiations crumbled between the government and political opposition leaders over how to conduct the election so it is free and fair.

The has said it will reject the election, which also drew swift condemnation from condemnation from several of Venezuela's neighbours in as well as nations in The critics said the rushed ballot will undercut the political negotiations and is unfair to the opposition.

"His presence will no longer be welcome in said meeting," Peruvian said of Maduro's invitation to the Summit of the

Aljovin was backed by foreign ministers of the Lima Group, a coalition from 14 mostly conservative governments in the region formed last year to advocate for what it considers the restoration of democracy in

Its members include, among others, Brazil, Argentina, and

The group also urged Maduro to allow a humanitarian corridor to prove relief for Venezuela's suffering residents. sits atop the world largest oil reserves, but historically low production levels after nearly 20 years of socialist rule has resulted in severe shortages of and medicine. Desperate residents are increasingly fleeing into neighbouring and Colombia, unsettling the region.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 08:10 IST