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Lobbyist: Venezuela's Falcón not seeking presidency

FILE - In this May 30, 2018 file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader Henri Falcon, center, greets members of the press as he arrives to the Supreme Court in Caracas, Venezuela. A Canadian lobbying firm hired by the Venezuelan Progressive Advance political party has filed amended paperwork showing that Falcon will not make a new presidential run.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Canadian lobbying firm hired by a Venezuelan political party has filed amended paperwork showing that opposition leader Henri Falcón will not make a new presidential run.

Falcón's adviser Francisco Rodríguez previously told The Associated Press that a reference to his client's presidential aspirations "was inadvertently included in a regulatory filing due to a clerical error."

A new document was filed with the Department of Justice on Thursday.

Montreal-based Dickens & Madson president Ari Ben-Menashe said the firm will get paid $200,000 "to lobby the executive and/or legislative branches of the government of the United States and its agencies to support the efforts of the political party Progressive Advance."

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Falcón broke with Venezuela's opposition to run against President Nicolás Maduro in 2018.

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