Chavez ally who broke with Venezuela’s Maduro released from prison

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Caracas (AFP) – A close ally of the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez who fell out with his successor Nicolas Maduro said Saturday he had been freed after spending five years in prison. The release of Miguel Rodriguez Torres, a former minister, was widely seen as stemming from recent reconciliation talks in Mexico between the leftist Maduro government and the Venezuelan opposition. The talks are aimed at ending a long-running political and economic crisis. After his release, news reports said Rodriguez Torres left for exile in Spain. In a video posted on social media, the retired military off…

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