Some protest leaders in Venezuela have recently changed tactics: they're now seeking support from slum dwellers, who have long been the backbone of support for the country's ruling Socialist government.
The president made the announcement during his swearing in ceremony before the Constituent Assembly. The government has jailed more than 300 people for reportedly inciting violence during anti-government protests.
The Venezuelan president has proposed a general election to coincide with a presidential vote slated for April. If it goes ahead, the opposition could lose parliament after announcing a boycott of the election.
The government of President Nicolas Maduro has said the release of jailed activists is meant to foster dialogue. Opposition lawmakers have dismissed the move as a token gesture by a dictatorship.
Venezuela's opposition has said it won't be bullied out of participating in future elections, a day after threats by President Nicolas Maduro. The US said it stands with Venezuelans as they "seek to restore democracy."
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