Maduro himself hailed the election day that’s given him a second six-year presidential term as a “big democratic fiesta,” but the election was heavily criticized by observers and his Venezuelan opposition.


Turnout was about 46 percent. Both the U.S. and Chile have already said they won’t recognize the results, and the EU, among others, has suggested sanctions be imposed. Main opposition candidate Henri Falcón — one of the few who didn’t boycott — said his team documented 900 cases of voting irregularities at polling places.

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