HAVANA TIMES — The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela proclaimed Nicolas Maduro the new president on Monday afternoon, despite the opposition’s refusal to accept the results without a complete recount.
CNE president, Yibisay Lucena, handed Maduro the document that certifies him as the president-elect.
Maduro replaces the late Hugo Chavez who died on March 5. He is scheduled to be sworn in this coming Friday.
Lucena noted that 99.6% of the votes had been tabulated with 50.66% for Maduro (7,505,338 votes) and 49.07% for Henrique Capriles (7,270,403), adding that the tendency was irreversible.
Because of the closeness of the results Capriles camp had called on the CNE to hold off on proclaiming a winner until a recount could take place.