BOGOTA (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government has been giving Venezuelan identification cards to Colombians in order to transport them over the border to vote for him in Sunday’s presidential elections, the Colombian government said on Thursday.
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters during his closing campaign rally in Caracas, Venezuela May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso
The diplomatic relationship between the neighboring countries has grown increasingly fraught as hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans migrants have fled to Colombia and other countries to escape economic devastation and hunger.
Maduro is likely to win re-election to a six-year term in the contest this weekend, which the opposition is largely boycotting. His main rival is former state governor Henri Falcon, who broke with the opposition to run.
“Through trustworthy intelligence sources