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Maduro wins re-election in Venezuela

Mukul : risingbd.com
Publish on: 2018-05-21 5:54:21 PM     ||     Updated: 2018-05-21 9:39:05 PM

International Desk: 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.

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.
"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.
The CNE said turnout would probably rise to 48%, still well below the figure in the 2013 presidential election, when almost 80% of eligible voters cast their ballots.
The opposition, however, accused the CNE of inflating its figures and claimed the real number was closer to 30%. A source within the CNE told Reuters that only 32.3% of eligible voters had cast their ballot by 18:00 local time, when most voting stations closed.
Source: BBC
risingbd/May 21, 2018/Mukul