Venezuelan presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro and his wife Cilia Flores celebrate after the official results gave him a victory in the balloting, in Caracas April 14, 2013. Maduro won Venezuela's presidential election on Sunday with 51 percent of votes, the electoral authority said, allowing him to carry forward the socialist policies of the late Hugo Chavez. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo (VENEZUELA - Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS) - RTXYM6W



Hugo Chavez is dead. But you could say the former president won again in Venezuela. His handpicked successor Nicolas Maduro eked out a victory in yesterday's presidential vote. But it was much closer than expected, 50.7 to 49.1 percent. The opposition candidate, Henrique Capriles, called for a recount, citing what he says were voting irregularities. Reporter Phil Gunson in Caracas said the narrow margin was surprising, considering Maduro's huge advantage.

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