Daily Israel Report

Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro Squeaks Presidential Win

The Venezuelan Central Elections Commission has announced that Acting President Nicolas Maduro has won the nation’s presidential polls.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 4/16/2013, 2:15 AM

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The Venezuelan Central Elections Commission announced Monday morning that Acting President Nicolas Maduro has won the nation’s presidential polls in a narrow victory.

Maduro, a protégé of the late Hugo Chavez, squeaked out a win in the election by a margin of less than 1 percent.

Considered the political heir to the former president, Maduro, who is currently the acting president, defeated challenger Henrique Capriles by a difference of 50.75 to 49.07 percentage points.

Maduro is an outspoken critic of the State of Israel, and a close ally of Iran – as was Chavez, who died of cancer six weeks ago.

Despite having been the hand-picked successor to the former president, however, Maduro faced new elections due to a mandate in the country’s Constitution that ruled polls were necessary because Chavez was already too ill by January to attend his own inauguration, despite having been re-elected in October.

Caprile’s supporters have requested an audit of the election results, claiming the polls were rigged, according to Russia Today

Maduro has agreed to the review.