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Venezuela: Opposition cries foul as Maduro wins election

May 21, 2018, 7:14 AM EDT
Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro was re-elected for a second six-year term on Sunday.
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Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro was re-elected for a second six-year term on Sunday even as opposition leaders boycotted the polls and dismissed the results as a mockery of democracy claiming widespread irregularities in the electoral process.

Venezuela, reeling from a crippled economy, witnessed a meagre 46 percent voter turnout after the elections were advanced from December 2018 by the National Constituent Assembly, a body comprising of Maduro’s confidantes, writes the BBC.

The United States’ mission to the U.N. echoed the Venezuelan opposition’s denunciation of the “illegitimate” election, calling the polls an “insult to democracy,” notes The Guardian.

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