April 15 - The ruling party's Nicolas Maduro is declared the winner of Venezuela's presidential election, but the opposition refuse to accept the result and demand a vote recount. Sarah Charlton reports.
PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL The protégé of Hugo Chavez celebrates a narrow election victory. With 50.7 percent of the vote, Nicolas Madruo was declared the winner of Venezuela's presidential election on Sunday (April 14). But as his supporters welcomed the news, the opposition refused to accept the result. Rival Henrique Capriles suffered a narrow loss, leaving his supporters devastated. The opposition leader demands a full recount and accuses Madruo of being "loaded with illegitimacy". The president-elect called for calm, and told supporters he's open to a recount. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT ELECT NICOLAS MADURO, SAYING: "We don't want violence, we call for peace, to respect tolerance, the institutions. We call for the results to be respected." While Madruo's supporters celebrated in the capital, the controversy raises fears of political unrest. Election officials have given no indication that a recount may be held.