Acting president Nicolas Maduro won the Venezuelan election to become Hugo Chavez’s successor as president. (Google Images)

The BBC is reporting that acting president Nicolas Maduro won the Venezuelan election with 50.7% of the votes. His opponent, Henrique Capriles, was not far behind with 49.1% of the votes, but the National Electoral Council officially backed the victory. Under the recommendation of Mr. Capriles before the results, students and other demonstrators protested the outcome.

The BBC writes:

[Capriles] called on the National Electoral Council not to confirm the election result, citing voting irregularities, and demanded a recount.

He said he regarded the election of Mr Maduro as “illegitimate”.

The poll was called after President Hugo Chavez died of cancer on 5 March.

Mr Maduro is a former bus driver who rose to become Mr Chavez’s vice-president and heir apparent.

Mr Capriles said there were more than 3,200 “incidents” from Sunday’s poll that needed to be examined.

Read more at BBC.

This news brief was written by Kaitlin Higgins, editorial assistant for The Burton Wire.

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