Venezuela's opposition has just be delivered a potential martyr as Leopoldo Lopez surrenders on charges that he is responsible for the country's current violent protests.
Miguel Rodriguez Torres was the founder of the Venezuelan intelligence services, which carried out his arrest. The former Chavez ally had been challenging Maduro's government from the left.
The decision of the Popular Will party to boycott April's election underscores divisions within the opposition. The opposition alliance is yet to decide on an election strategy.
President Nicolas Maduro said three parties which boycotted mayoral elections should be ineligible for future votes. He said the ruling party won at least 90 percent of the 335 mayorships.
The anti-Maduro activist had been behind bars for nearly one week after security forces dragged him out of his home. Lopez has vowed to continue fighting Maduro's efforts to re-write Venezuela's constitution.
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