Chávez Heir Ekes Out Win

    Venezuela's interim President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters as he leaves a polling station after voting in the presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013.  Maduro, who served as late President Hugo Chavez's foreign minister and vice president, is running against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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    Everyone expected Hugo Chávez’s handpicked heir, Nicolás Maduro, to win Venezuela’s presidential election by a landslide. Instead he eked out a narrow victory: 50.7 percent to 49.1 percent for the opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. That’s just 235,000 ballots, and Capriles is refusing to recognize the result, citing a list of 3,000 irregularities, including gunshots and poll centers that were illegally reopened. “I didn’t fight against a candidate today, but against the whole abuse of power,” said Capriles. Maduro said he would accept a recount. Regardless of the outcome, the narrow victory shows that Maduro could face challenges from within his leftist coalition.

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