April 15th, 2013
02:15 AM ET

Chavez's political heir declared winner

The man Hugo Chavez handpicked to be his successor won Venezuela's presidential vote, election authorities said, but the opposition candidate denounced irregularities and called for a recount.

Nicolas Maduro secured 50.66% of votes in Sunday's presidential election, while opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski won 49.07%, officials said.

The top election official, National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena, called the results "irreversible."

But less than an hour later, Capriles said there were thousands of election irregularities, and called the results illegitimate.


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  1. banasy©

    Gee. What are the odds of the man hand-picked being declared the winner?

    April 15, 2013 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    its nationalism playing out.

    April 15, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ruben larez

    a comment about the bombing. this was an articulate planner. he didnt plan the finish line for max damage,any where long the route dtwn would suffice for sheer size of crowds. he knew about cameras. you pick somewhere the least photographed if you self are delivering in person. thats why police are looking for publics help. 2 bombs, back up. the bomb; you go universally basic no certain singature. singatures require specifics to obtain and implement. no one claiming it... of course not if its pakistan obama just sends drones end of subject . they are learning. they are using the phrase "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" pressure cooker reminder of landmines of vietnam you dont necessarily kill you cause reduction in fighting capability by having your enemy to have to help injured comrades.

    April 16, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |