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Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader ends hunger strike after election date set

  • FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2014 file photo, opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, dressed in white and holding up a flower stem, is taken into custody by Bolivarian National Guards, in Caracas, Venezuela. Lopez has ended a 30-day hunger strike after authorities set a date for 2015 legislative elections. Lopez and another imprisoned politician stopped eating in May 2015 demanding that the government set a date for the elections that the opposition is favored to win by a landslide amid mounting frustration with President Nicolas Maduro’s management of the oil-dependent economy. The the vote was set for December 6. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra, FIle)

    FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2014 file photo, opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, dressed in white and holding up a flower stem, is taken into custody by Bolivarian National Guards, in Caracas, Venezuela. Lopez has ended a 30-day hunger strike after authorities set a date for 2015 legislative elections. Lopez and another imprisoned politician stopped eating in May 2015 demanding that the government set a date for the elections that the opposition is favored to win by a landslide amid mounting frustration with President Nicolas Maduro‚Äôs management of the oil-dependent economy. The the vote was set for December 6. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra, FIle)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, left, embraces Patricia Ceballos, the wife of jailed opposition San Cristobal Mayor Manuel Ceballos, during a press conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Tintori read a letter from her jailed husband at the press conference in which the activist announced his decision to end a 30-day hunger strike after authorities set a date, Dec. 6, for legislative elections. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, left, embraces Patricia Ceballos, the wife of jailed opposition San Cristobal Mayor Manuel Ceballos, during a press conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Tintori read a letter from her jailed husband at the press conference in which the activist announced his decision to end a 30-day hunger strike after authorities set a date, Dec. 6, for legislative elections. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, center, holds up her hands with Patricia Ceballos, wife of jailed opposition San Cristobal Mayor Manuel Ceballos, right, and an opposition member who was on hunger strike, during a press conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Tintori read a letter from Lopez at the press conference in which the activist announced his decision to end a 30-day hunger strike after authorities set a date, Dec. 6, for legislative elections. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, center, holds up her hands with Patricia Ceballos, wife of jailed opposition San Cristobal Mayor Manuel Ceballos, right, and an opposition member who was on hunger strike, during a press conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Tintori read a letter from Lopez at the press conference in which the activist announced his decision to end a 30-day hunger strike after authorities set a date, Dec. 6, for legislative elections. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has ended a 30-day hunger strike after authorities set a date for legislative elections.

Lopez's wife, Lilian Tintori, read a letter from Lopez at a press conference Tuesday in which the activist announced his decision.

Lopez and another imprisoned politician stopped eating in May, demanding that the government set a date for the elections. The opposition is favored to win the vote by a landslide amid mounting frustration with President Nicolas Maduro's management of the oil-dependent economy.

The National Electoral Council on Monday said balloting would be held Dec. 6, ending months of speculation by opponents that the contest would be canceled.