Chavez heir Maduro wins Venezuelan presidency

Nicolas Maduro was elected Venezuela’s president today after pledging to deepen 14 years of the late Hugo Chavez’s socialist revolution that cut poverty by half.

15th April, 2013
Nicolas Maduro was elected to succeed Hugo Chavez as Venezuela's president

Nicolas Maduro was elected Venezuela’s president today after pledging to deepen 14 years of the late Hugo Chavez’s socialist revolution that cut poverty by half.

The 50-year-old former bus driver received 50.7 per cent of the votes, the national electoral council said after about 99 per cent of ballots were counted.

Henrique Capriles Radonski, who temporarily stepped down as governor of Miranda state to run for president, had 49.1 per cent.

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