todavía noJoseMa Orsini/Foter.comDespite hope that the mood in the country was starting to change, Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor Nicolas Maduro was elected president  of Venezuela by a razor-thin margin, according to the national electoral authority. He received just 300,000 more votes than Henry Capriles, who last year lost by just 11 points to Hugo Chavez, Chavez’s closest electoral victory.  In the wake of Chavez’s death, the ruling party mobilized the state apparatus to secure victory for his successor, with the defense ministry pledging the support of the army for Maduro’s election campaign.

The victory is far from certain; earlier today the Carpiles campaign was sure it had won and further inspection of the tally could well reveal electoral fraud

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