Venezuela has set a presidential election for April the 22nd after mediation talks between the leftist government and an opposition coalition collapsed.
The decision has set the stage for the likely re-election of President Nicolas Maduro despite his widespread unpopularity.
Maduro’s foes, who staged massive protests last year, now face a quandary about how and if they should participate in the vote.
Some activists believe it is foolish to participate in what they consider a sham election. Others feel they have to keep up the pressure by voting.