Venezuela opposition leader vows to boycott early election

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó says that opponents of President Nicolás Maduro won't participate in any early legislative elections he calls.

Guaidó said in an interview with The Associated Press Friday that participating in any electoral contest with the Maduro government still in power would be a farce.

The Maduro administration has pledged to call elections for the opposition-controlled National Assembly in early 2020.

Legislative elections are usually held later in the year.

The man recognized by the U.S. as Venezuela's rightful leader also said he plans keep the title of acting president even after his term as National Assembly president ends.

He reiterated that "all strategies are necessary" for change and said the opposition was "absolutely informed" of contacts between the U.S. and Maduro government.