Maduro wins Venezuela elections by narrow margin

Venezuelan acting president and presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro waves at sympathizers after casting his vote in Caracas on April 14, 2013 (AFP Photo / Luis Acosta)

Venezuelan acting president and presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro waves at sympathizers after casting his vote in Caracas on April 14, 2013 (AFP Photo / Luis Acosta)

With the vote split almost equally acting President Nicolas Maduro has won Venezuelan presidential election to replace Hugo Chavez. The opposition leader Henrique Capriles however claimed fraud on the part of the ruling party.

Venezuelan election authorities have announced that with 99.12% of votes counted Maduro is leading with 50.66 per cent of the votes cast. Capriles is dragging behind with 49.07 per cent.

Around 77 per cent of the eligible voters cast their ballots, officials said.

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