CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition leaders said on Wednesday they feared persecution over post-election protests and the U.S. government backed their call for a recount, saying it had not decided if it would recognize President-elect Nicolas Maduro.
The razor-thin victory by Maduro in Sunday’s presidential vote has been rejected by his rival, Henrique Capriles, who is alleging thousands of irregularities at polling centers and wants a full audit of the ballots.
CARACAS, April 17 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition leaders
said on Wednesday they feared persecution over post-election
protests, but President-elect Nicolas Maduro promised to protect
his rival despite their vicious election dispute.
Maduro’s razor-thin victory in a presidential vote has not
been recognized by Henrique Capriles, who is demanding a recount
and alleging thousands of irregularities at poll stations.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles distanced himself from post-election street violence after seven fatalities threatened to turn the South American OPEC nation’s vote dispute into a full-blown crisis.
Capriles had planned to lead a march on the National Electoral Council (CNE) on Wednesday to demand a recount after official results gave a narrow win to Nicolas Maduro, the chosen successor of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez.
CARACAS, April 16 (Reuters) – Both sides in Venezuela’s
political stand-off will hold rival demonstrations on Tuesday
after authorities rejected opposition demands for a presidential
election recount and protesters clashed with police in Caracas.
Opposition leader Henrique Capriles says his team’s figures
show he won the election on Sunday and he wants a full audit of
official results that narrowly gave victory to ruling party
candidate Nicolas Maduro, the country’s acting president.
CARACAS, April 15 (Reuters) – Late socialist leader Hugo
Chavez’s chosen successor, Nicolas Maduro, won Venezuela’s
presidential election by a whisker but now faces opposition
protests plus a host of economic and political challenges in the
The 50-year-old former bus driver, whom Chavez named as his
preferred heir before dying of cancer, edged out opposition
challenger Henrique Capriles with 50.7 percent of the votes in
Sunday’s election, according to election board returns.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Nicolas Maduro’s win in Venezuela’s presidential election means state oil company PDVSA will continue funding the government’s socialist policies while increasingly relying on deals with China and Russia.
The late Hugo Chavez picked Maduro, a 50-year-old former bus driver, to continue his self-declared revolution in the OPEC country where he nationalized most of the oil industry during his polarizing 14-year rule.
(Reuters) – Nicolas Maduro, a former bus driver who became Hugo Chavez’s political disciple, was declared the winner of Venezuela’s presidential election on Sunday in a tight vote that was contested by the opposition.
The 50-year-old Maduro was also a union leader before joining Chavez’s government, eventually rising to become his foreign minister and then vice-president. Chavez named him as his preferred successor before dying from cancer last month.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Ruling party candidate Nicolas Maduro narrowly won Venezuela’s presidential election on Sunday, the electoral authority said, allowing him to continue the socialist policies of the late Hugo Chavez.
The National Electoral Council said Maduro won 50.7 percent of the votes, compared to 49.1 percent for his young rival, Miranda state Governor Henrique Capriles. It said more than 99 percent of the votes had been counted and that the result was “irreversible.”
CARACAS, April 14 (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader
Henrique Capriles charged on Sunday there was a plot to change
the result of the country’s presidential election, which will
decide if a longtime loyalist continues Hugo Chavez’s
self-styled socialist revolution.
The mood was triumphal by mid-evening at the headquarters of
acting President Nicolas Maduro, who led Capriles in most polls
heading into Sunday’s vote, buoyed by Chavez’s blessing before
he died from cancer last month.
CARACAS, April 14 (Reuters) – Venezuelans decide on Sunday
whether to honor Hugo Chavez’s dying wish for a longtime
loyalist to continue his hardline socialism or hand power to a
young challenger vowing business-friendly changes.
Acting President Nicolas Maduro had a double-digit lead in
most polls, largely thanks to his former boss’s public blessing
before he died from cancer last month. But the gap has narrowed
in the final days, with one survey putting it at 7 percentage