Venezuela President Maduro wins re-election amid claims of vote rigging

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro talks to the media as he arrives for a rally to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of Venezuelan dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez's regime in Caracas, Venezuela January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Marco Bello

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

Amid food shortages stemming from a severe economic crisis turnout was low.

The National Electoral Council (CNE) put it at just 46% but the opposition alleges it was even lower.

The main opposition candidate, Henri Falcón, rejected the result soon after the polls closed and called for new elections.

Henri Falcón was labelled “a traitor” by the main opposition coalition for ignoring their boycott
“We do not recognise this electoral process as valid… we have to have new elections in Venezuela,” he said.

With more than 90% of the votes counted, Mr Maduro had 67.7% – 5.8 million votes – CNE chief Tibisay Lucena announced. Mr Falcón had won 21.2% – 1.8 million votes – she said.

With Venezuela’s main opposition coalition boycotting the election, a win by President Maduro had been widely expected. What observers were more interested in was to see how many Venezuelans would turn out to vote.

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