Venezuela’s Post-Chavez Presidential Election

Venezuelans go to the polls to vote for a permanent replacement for former President Hugo Chavez, who died on March 5, 2013. As the polls come to a close on April 14, 2013, Venezuelans wait for the election results to be announced. UPDATE: Venezuelan acting President Nicolas Maduro wins election.

1. Venezuelan acting President and presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro

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CARACAS, Venezuela — Tensions are rising in Venezuela as the campaign of acting President Nicolas Maduro strongly hints it has won Sunday’s election to replace the late Hugo Chavez. The opposition, meanwhile, suggests fraud is in the works.

Maduro campaign leader Jorge Rodriguez says he can’t reveal results before electoral authorities announce them. But he hints Chavez’s chosen successor has won by smiling and calling on people to gather at the presidential palace. That’s where Chavez’s supporters once gathered to celebrate his past victories.

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3. Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles


4. Earlier today, Nicolas Maduro’s twitter account was hacked:

The Twitter account of Venezuela governing party candidate Nicolas Maduro was hacked around 6 p.m. as Venezuelans awaited the results of Sunday’s presidential election pitting the interim president against opposition leader Henrique Capriles.

Shortly after taking control of the account, which has more than 700,000 followers, the hacker cracked a joke:

“Thank you to all of those who follow me on this Twitter account,” the hacker tweeted. “I just got 700,000 followers in record time.”

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5. The original tweet from Maduro’s account:


7. Venezuela awaits election results:

Venezuela anxiously awaits election results. If the vote is very close, it could take a long time for authorities to name a winner.

— willieneuman (@William Neuman)

8. UPDATE — April 14, 2013, 11:42 p.m. EST: Capriles is meeting with members of the country’s military high command.

CARACAS, Venezuela — A senior campaign aide for Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles says Capriles is meeting with members of the country’s military high command.

The meeting comes more than 4½ hours after polls closed in an election to replace the late President Hugo Chavez.

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9. UPDATE — April 14, 2013, 11:52 p.m. EST: Maduro declared winner.

BREAKING: Venezuela's Maduro wins presidency with 50.66 pct of vote, @AFP reports

— BuzzFeedNews (@BuzzFeed News)

10. UPDATE — April 15, 2013 1:21 a.m. EST: Venezuelan opposition candidate Henrique Capriles demands a recount.

opposition candidate @hcapriles demanding a recount, not conceding defeat in #Venezuela

— elopez_nyc (@Elias Lopez)

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