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Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo explains the next steps for Venezuela and the impact of Sunday's vote

Last modified: 15 Apr 2013 10:31

Gabriel Elizondo, our correspondent in Caracas, reporting from a pro Maduro/Chavez neighbourhood, explains the next steps for Venezuela and the impact of Sunday's vote.

"This was an incredibly historic day, a wild day and evening in Venezuela in this tight election that in the end, Capriles said he will not recognise.

[His party wants] an audit, with Nicolas Maduro saying, in his first real concession to the opposition, that he will accept an audit and move forward with that. We'll see how these coming days progress.

We're hearing that Maduro is going to try and take the presidency today, Monday, and be inaugurated.

We'll see how that plays out because I'm sure the opposition is going to try and step in and say that they want a full audit before that happens.

There is a long way for this to go still, the coming days are going to be key.

The Maduro supporters are winding down their celebration and more importantly, breathing a sigh of relief. They know they were very close to losing this election

Maduro won the election by the number of votes, if to be believed, the election results.

However analysts are already saying he lost the election, because he lost so much support that Chavez got in October last year.

This is about as divided a country in Latin America will see. Almost 50 percent are for him, and almost 50 percent against Maduro, give or take half a percent. This is an incredibly diviieded country.

[Maduro] has got so much work to do on day one. He's already got to go through this audit.

He's celebrating, his people are celebrating, but they know this is a very steep hill they have to climb to bring country together and that's going to probably be more difficult that even winning this election for him.

Chavez was a patron saint, he was someone that supported many other countries in the region: Cuba, Ecuador, just to name two, Bolivia, with its petro-dollars.

Now all of these countries are also breathing a sigh of relief that Maduro won, but he's really going to have to figure out how to deal with an economy, with 20 percent or more inflation rate, and how he's going to continue the support of the other countries of the region which were allies to Chavez. 

The regional impact of this is going to be felt in the coming days, but probably months as he settles into presidency.

He's no longer just the legacy of Chavez...everything is going to fall on his shoulders. Anything that his supporters or anyone else doesn't like are not going to be against Chavez anymore, it's now all going to fall squarely on Maduro."

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