Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro (L) talks during a ministerial council of Petrocaribe in Caracas on May 27, 2016. / AFP / YOSET MONTES
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Venezuelan officials and opposition foes have held separate secret meetings in the Dominican Republic with a group of ex-world leaders seeking a way out of political crisis, officials said Saturday, as an ex-military reserve leader was shot dead.The three former leaders also held talks with Maduro and the opposition under UNASUR auspices in Caracas two weeks ago.Although a survey last month showed 68 percent of Venezuelans want Maduro to leave office and to hold new elections, he has said the referendum drive has "very little support".Velasquez was the first man to lead the militia force created by Maduro's predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez.Maduro blames the crisis on an "economic war" against him by Venezuelan elites with Washington's backing.
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