Nicolas Maduro was officially proclaimed president of Venezuela Monday, April 15 by the National Electoral Council (CNE), the day after an election he won narrowly on Henrique Capriles. The opponent, who contests the results, asked to stay just before the proclamation of the victory Maduro, and again demanded a recount. He called for peaceful demonstrations on Tuesday if his rival was formally proclaimed head of state.
Immediately after the proclamation of the victory of Nicolas Maduro, hundreds of protesters took to the streets to protest the victory of the Acting Head of State and dolphin Hugo Chavez. Police fired tear gas cartridges, and violence erupted in other protest rallies in Caracas, some protesters brandishing sticks and stones.
The CNE announced that Maduro had totaled 50.75% of the vote against 48.97% for Mr Capriles. Sunday, the crowd of his supporters in Caracas, Maduro had described his narrow victory of “fair, legal and constitutional,” while accepting a vote recount to remove any doubt about the outcome of the election.
“We will not recognize? Be a result before each ballot is recounted Venezuelans, one by one,” Mr. Capriles reacted. “The loser is you today, and I firmly say,” he told the candidate, brandishing a document listing 3,200 incidents recorded Sunday “during the electoral process.” The only representative of the opposition member of CNE, Vicente Diaz, also called 100% of the votes are recounted.
On Monday, a spokesman for the White House, Jay Carney, said that an audit of the presidential election would be a “significant, prudent and necessary” step.
“WE WANT PEACE”
According to the results announced by the CNE, which has declared “irreversible”, Nicolas Maduro met 7,505,338 votes against 7,270,403 for his opponent from the 78.71% of the nineteen million Venezuelan voters who went to the polls. Credited with several points ahead in the polls, the dolphin Hugo Chavez, died March 5 of cancer, won with a tighter than expected score.
The camp Maduro soon as you’ve celebrated the victory of his champion, shooting fireworks at the Miraflores presidential palace. The heart tee opposition activists protested against the result by tapping pans.
After the start of the closure of the polling stations, the opposition candidate warned “the country and the world against the intention of wanting to change the preferences expressed by the people” in a message posted on Twitter. A signal to the other side, led by the acting president.
Venezuelan Vice-President Jorge Arreaza had reacted to Henrique Capriles ensuring that the government would “respect the people.” “Careful, careful, Capriles. Attention opposition,” he said of the chain are official VTV.
Nicolas Maduro has meanwhile called for calm and said he asked the Election Commission to audit the results. “We do not want violence, we want peace, Maduro said in a speech to the nation. They want an audit, we are in favor. I formally request the National Electoral Commission to conduct an audit.” “I am here to fulfill my responsibilities with courage. (…) The struggle continues!” He proclaimed former bus driver and former trade union leader to his supporters.
A POLL “NORMAL AND QUIET”
During the election, the representative of the opposition had urged voters to report any irregularities and assured that “avalanche of votes” would be the best response to fraud. According to Mr. Capriles, the authorities had sent text messages to officials and other voters to push them to vote in favor of Nicolas Maduro.
Shortly after the closing of the first polling stations, the CNE official election whose impartiality is challenged by the opposition, assured that the vote had been held as “totally normal and peaceful manner.”
Nearly 150,000 members of the security forces have ensured the smooth running of the elections in the country and the borders have been closed for safety reasons since the beginning of the week.