Venezuelan Opposition leader Rosales arrested upon return to Venezuela
Oct 16 Caracas: Venezuelan opposition leader Former Gov. Manuel Rosales ,who had been living in self-imposed exile was arrested Thursday after returning to the socialist South American country.
Rosales had flown into Venezuela after six years as a fugitive on corruption charges. Intelligence police met him at the airport and took him into custody. He was expected to appear in a Caracas court later in the day.
According to reports, before his arrest, Rosales vowed to continue fighting the country's 16-year-old socialist administration and urged Venezuelans to vote in Dec. 6 legislative elections.
Polls say the opposition is on track to win the Dec. 6 elections, potentially dealing the first decisive ballot box defeat to the socialist party in 16 years. "Like many in the opposition, Rosales is looking at the polls and the dire state of the country, and thinks 2016 will see the government fall," said Dimitris Pantoulas, a Caracas-based political analyst. "He's coming back now because he wants to be here for that."
Supporters and other opposition leaders rallied near the airport Thursday. Venezuela's main opposition groups immediately began denouncing Rosales' arrest as arbitrary and called it further evidence of a broken justice system.
Rosales' wife, Evelyn Trejo de Rosales, is mayor of Maracaibo, the largest city in Zulia. She told a crowd of supporters that the best way they could show their solidarity would be to vote in December.
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