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Maduro wins controversial election


Maduro wins controversial election

President Nicolas Maduro was unsurprisingly declared winner of Venezuela's election Sunday (May 20) in a poll rejected as invalid by his rivals, who immediately called for fresh elections to be held later this year.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has won re-election to another six-year term, in a vote marred by an opposition boycott and claims of vote-rigging. 

Amid food shortages stemming from a severe economic crisis, just 46% of the electorate turned out to vote, media reports said.

The main opposition candidate, Henri Falcon, rejected the result soon after the polls closed.

With more than 90% of the votes counted, Mr Maduro, 55, had 67.7% - 5.8 million votes - National Electoral Council announced. Mr Falcon won 21.2% - 1.8 million votes.

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