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Venezuela's President wins a 2nd term in office in disputed poll

22 May 2018, 08:58 | Tara Lloyd

International outcry grows after Maduro wins presidential election

Venezuela's record-low voter turnout is the latest chapter in the death of its democracy

"They do not recognize the legitimacy of the electoral process carried out in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela that ended on May 20, for not complying with the worldwide standards of a democratic, free, fair and transparent process", a translation of the statement issued by the Lima Group reads. The measures are unlikely to hasten a democratic transition, however, unless the Maduro regime faces greater pressure from its own populace. But an invasion is not among the options the US or other countries is considering, even though Trump asked advisers why the United States couldn't simply invade Venezuela as it has other countries.

Javier Bertucci got around 11 per cent.

The turnout for Sunday's election was 48 percent - the lowest since Hugo Chavez was first elected in 1998.

But he said he nonetheless favours a new election soon and urged Maduro to do the courageous thing and desist from running.

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is threatening moves against Venezuela's already reeling oil sector.

More than one million people have fled the country in the past two years and 14,000% inflation has crushed the minimum wage to less than two dollars a month.

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Nearly 75 percent of households said they received government-issued food boxes in the past three months, according to Datanalisis, and Maduro on the stump has promised that the 16.5 million holders of the fledgling fatherland card will be rewarded for their vote.

But he showed no sign of replaying Sunday's vote.

He told cheering crowds outside the presidential palace in Caracas that "the revolution is here to stay!".

He promised to spend the next two years before scheduled congressional elections repairing an economy he says has been badly damaged by mafias backed by Colombia and the US. Maduro said he had never seen a candidate dispute results even before they were announced.

"In the red points they were engaging in shameless vote manipulation", said Bertucci.

Both of Maduro's opponents accused electoral authorities of being blind to blatant violations before the vote and on election day.

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In a news conference held before the official result announcement, he pointed particularly to so-called "red points"-street stalls set up by the ruling Socialists near polling stations-allegedly to offer handouts in exchange for votes".

In a victory speech, Maduro called for more dialogue in order to assuage political infighting and ease tensions in a country suffering from an economic crisis. "It is part of the democratic practice and this challenge will have to go through existing channels" in the National Electoral Council (CNE), former Spanish prime minister and mediator in the Venezuelan elections, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, said in an exclusive interview with EFE. But most "Red Points" were just a few steps away.

Government critics also say other voters were pressured into voting for Maduro. At the same time, all parties should respect the choices made by the Venezuelan people.

During the previous elections, polling stations were kept open beyond its closing time at 6 pm.

Former Spanish Prime Minister (PM) and global monitor for Venezuela's election, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, offers to mediate dialogue between Venezuela's government and opposition. I want this nightmare to stop, ' said teacher Luisa Marquez, 56, in Valencia.

Opinion polls say the overwhelming majority of Venezuelans distrust the electoral council.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was re-elected to a second six-year term. "Thank you for giving me 68% of those votes".

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