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Nicolas Maduro wins Venezuela presidential election

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Socialist candidate Nicolas Maduro has won a narrow victory in Venezuela's presidential poll.
Mr Maduro, who was chosen by the late Hugo Chavez, won 50.7% of the vote against 49.1% for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles.

The electoral commission said the results were "irreversible".

There has been no comment from Mr Capriles, who earlier on Sunday has suggested there was an attempt to doctor the result.

Mr Maduro told a rally of supporters in the capital Caracas that he had won a "just, legal and constitutional" victory.

However, the margin of victory was far smaller than that gained by the late President Chavez over Mr Capriles at elections last October.

Almost 80% of eligible voters took part in the poll.

BBC