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Hillary Clinton says Venezuelan voters should have final say in elections

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2015 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Benghazi Committee. The House committee investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, has now spent more than $5 million in taxpayer money, according to a tally by House Democrats. Democrats say the Republican-led probe is a partisan effort to undermine Hillary Rodham Clinton's White House bid and said a marathon hearing with Clinton last month only confirmed their views. Clinton, who was secretary of state during the attacks, endured a grueling interrogation by GOP lawmakers at the 11-hour hearing. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2015 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Benghazi Committee. The House committee investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, has now spent more than $5 million in taxpayer money, according to a tally by House Democrats. Democrats say the Republican-led probe is a partisan effort to undermine Hillary Rodham Clinton's White House bid and said a marathon hearing with Clinton last month only confirmed their views. Clinton, who was secretary of state during the attacks, endured a grueling interrogation by GOP lawmakers at the 11-hour hearing. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says Venezuela's voters should have the final say in their country's congressional elections.

The former secretary of state told the Atlantic Council on Monday that American voices should be raised on behalf of Venezuelan voters. She says President Nicolas Maduro's administration "has been doing all it can to rig these elections," pointing to the jailing of political opponents.

Clinton says she is "outraged at the cold-blooded assassination" of an opposition leader during a recent campaign rally.

She spoke as more than two dozen parties compete in an election that represents the stiffest challenge in 16 years for Venezuela's ruling socialist party.

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