Venezuela’s opposition leader Henrique Capriles speaks at a news conference in Caracas, April 24, 2013.
Venezuela’s opposition has challenged the election victory of President Nicolas Maduro before the country’s Supreme Court, calling for ‘new presidential elections.’
On April 14, Maduro won the presidential election with 50.7 percent of the vote against 49.1 percent for opposition leader Henrique Capriles, with a difference of around 235,000 ballots.
Capriles refused to accept the results and lawyers representing the opposition coalition lodged a complaint at the Supreme Court, claiming that a number of irregularities had occurred.
“This appeal seeks to annul the elections and request new presidential elections in Venezuela,” said Gerardo Fernandez, one of the lawyers representing the opposition.
Capriles has also said that he would employ “all the available instances” against Maduro’s win.
Maduro has dismissed the opposition’s claims and says the election was fair.
On April 27, the president of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, said that Capriles had failed to present compelling proof that there were irregularities during the country’s presidential election.
Maduro replaced President Hugo Chavez, who lost a two-year-long battle with cancer on March 5.
Maduro has promised to continue the socialist policies of the former leader.