Venezuela Elections 2018: President Maduro Wins Second Term but US Called it ‘Sham’ – New Sanctions to Expect?

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Socialist President Nicolas Maduro has won another six years in power in election. Here are the World’s reactions and what to expect next.

Maduro won the second term

’s President Nicolás Maduro (55) has won re-election to another six-year term, despite an opposition boycott and claims of vote-rigging.

The main opposition candidate, Henri Falcón, rejected the result soon after the polls closed and called for new elections.

“We do not recognize this electoral process as valid… we have to have new elections in ,” he said.

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Source: AP

The election ended with more than 90% of the votes counted, Mr Maduro had 67.7% – 5.8 million votes – CNE chief Tibisay Lucena announced. Mr Falcón had won 21.2% – 1.8 million votes – she said.

Turnout at the election was just 46.1 percent, the election board said, way down from the 80 percent registered at the last presidential vote in 2013. The opposition said that figure was inflated, putting participation at nearer 30 percent.

“This was a historic day! The day of a heroic victory! The day of a beautiful victory – of a truly popular victory,” Maduro shouted.

“The whole of  has triumphed! Democracy has triumphed! Peace has triumphed! Constitutionality has triumphed [These were] elections that were constitutional, legitimate and legal,” he insisted, before claiming: “We have a president of the people! A working president!”

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Source: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images

The reactions

Several countries, including the United States, have said they would not recognize the vote’s results, while the European Union and some Latin nations warned before the vote that the election was shaping up to be unfair.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said earlier on Twitter: “Sham elections change nothing. We need Venezuelan people running this country … a nation with so much to offer the world,” he wrote.

Maduro brushed off comments from US officials that the vote lacked legitimacy. “There has been a fierce campaign by the government of Donald Trump. In the United States there has been a fierce pressure to try to besmirch the Venezuelan elections – and they couldn’t,” Maduro said earlier Sunday. He added that he saying he would be open to dialogue with the “empire” of the United States.

“If the government of the United States wants to dialogue at some point, I am open to dialogue. If the other right wing countries that are supported by the US want to dialogue, I am open to that,” he said.


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