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  • First Justice politician Henrique Capriles Radonski said he would no longer participate in the MUD opposition coalition Tuesday, blaming Democratic Action leader Ramos Allup for his decision to leave.

    First Justice politician Henrique Capriles Radonski said he would no longer participate in the MUD opposition coalition Tuesday, blaming Democratic Action leader Ramos Allup for his decision to leave. | Photo: EFE

The two-time presidential candidate who lost to Nicolas Maduro in 2013 with a slight margin made the announcement over a Periscope livestream on Twitter. 

One of Venezuela's prominent opposition figures, Henrique Capriles Radonski of the First Justice, part of the Democratic Unity Coalition, MUD, has announced that he will withdraw from the coalition further deepening cracks in the opposition.

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Capriles said, "as long as Ramos Allup is in the MUD", he will no longer be a part of the coalition. Allup is a former president of the National Assembly.

Capriles, the two-time presidential candidate who lost to Nicolas Maduro in 2013 with a slight margin made the announcement over a Periscope live-stream on Twitter. 

"This is like when you go to the doctor and they detect a tumor," Capriles said. "It’s time to remove the tumor and cure the patient, Venezuela."

Tensions came to a head on Monday after four governors from the Democratic Action, part of the MUD coalition, decided to take oath in the pro-government National Assembly. 

“Ramos Allup got it into his head that he could be a presidential candidate... I’m saying it clearly... because it’s a secret that’s being whispered around... That’s [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro’s candidate... He has always been there sabotaging... Now a lot of things in the past make sense... Now we can understand why the [2016] recall referendum failed,” he said. 

Capriles accused the party members of taking shots at their own party and in doing so they have “expelled themselves." 

“I am not going to argue with anyone, I won’t take the bait, but I am very sorry that many spokespeople in the First Justice party are aiming to take shots at Democratic Action and me, for an argument that I am not responsible for,” the opposition leader said. 

Luis Vicente Leon, president of the Venezuelan polling firm Datanalisis, said on Twitter that the emerging crack is “the worst crisis experienced by the opposition in 19 years, and it’s just beginning.”

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