Venezuelan oppn leader challenges poll results

Last Updated: Friday, May 3, 2013 - 10:07

Zee Media Bureau

Caracas: Venezuela`s opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski filed a lawsuit with the country`s Supreme Court on Thursday, challenging last month`s presidential vote.

Confirming the development, Gerardo Fernandez, an attorney for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski`s campaign, said his client had presented a long list of election irregularities that totaled more than 180 pages.

"We have come to contest the entire electoral process and the April 14 elections," he said.

Last week, Capriles had alleged that the results were illegitimate and new elections should be held.

"According to the law," he was quoted as saying, "what should happen would be a new election, without any of the irregularities that we have denounced."
After the closely watched vote to pick Hugo Chavez`s successor, election officials said Nicolas Maduro won 51% of votes. Maduro, Chavez`s political heir, was sworn in as President at an April 19 inauguration ceremony.

Maduro has stressed that he won a clear majority of votes in the election and accused Capriles and his supporters of inciting violence. In numerous public appearances and national television broadcasts, he`s vowed to use an iron fist to crack down on any coup attempts.

While both Maduro and Capriles have publicly called for peace after the announcement of the tight election results, tensions have been running high in Venezuela.

On Tuesday, a brawl broke out in the halls of the country`s National Assembly.

With Agency inputs

First Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 - 10:07

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