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Video: Venezuela's Capriles demands recount of votes

Last modified: 15 Apr 2013 09:38

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles has refused to accept ruling party candidate Nicolas Maduro's narrow election victory and demanded a recount.

"Today's loser is you," he told a news conference on Monday, referring to Maduro, adding: "We won't recognise a result until every vote has been counted".

Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman, reporting from Caracas, said the situation was "extremely tense" and described the hard-fought election as a "nail-biter".The National Electoral Council said late on Sunday that Maduro won 50.66 percent of the vote compared to 49.07 percent for Capriles - a difference of less than 300,000 ballots - allowing him to carry forward the policies of the late Hugo Chavez.

Venezuela uses electronic voting machines that print a paper ballot as a backup for any recounts.

After a brief and bitter campaign, Venezuelans were forced to wait anxiously for results into Sunday night with counting reportedly too close to call and both sides expressing confidence of victory .

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