Capriles formally contests Venezuelan poll result

  • Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles formally challenged the result of last month's presidential election on Thursday.

    Nicolas Maduro won by a narrow margin of 1.49 percent, equal to less than 225,000 votes.

    Lawyers representing the opposition coalition filed a complaint at the Supreme Court claiming a number of irregularities and calling for the result to be annulled.

    Maduro maintains the elections were fair. He replaced the late president, Hugo Chavez, who died of cancer in March after 14 years in power.

    Hours after the poll closed on April 14, Maduro was named as the winner. He was sworn in five days later.

    The National Electoral Council has said his victory remains "irreversible".

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