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Venezuela's Supreme Court rejects opposition election appeal

Venezuela's Supreme Court rejects opposition election appeal
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Venezuela’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by opposition leader Henrique Capriles against April’s contested presidential result.

The court ruled it inadmissible as there was insufficient evidence to back up his accusations of fraud.

Nicolas Maduro won by less than 1.5 percentage points – that’s around 200,000 votes. While the outcome was close, international observers declared it free and fair.

Maduro had always been expected to win having been hand picked by Hugo Chavez to succeed him.

On the night Capriles supporters protested against the result. After today’s ruling he accused the government of corruption.

April’s election was called after the death of President Chavez following his long battle against cancer.