The Venezuelan people narrowly elected Nicolás Maduro as president, officials reported late Sunday. Maduro is Hugo Chavez’s handpicked heir and the narrow margin of victory came as a surprise to many, an article in the New York Times reported.
After Maduro was announced winner of the election, opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles called for demonstrations to demand a recount of votes. Police were forced to use tear gas to disperse who were rioting in an upscale district of Caracas, according to an article by Reuters.
After protests from Capriles and other demonstrators, the Venezuelan election authority formally proclaimed today that Maduro was the winner of the presidential election. According to an article by BBC, Maduro will have to govern a country that has numerous problems and is now deeply divided and polarized.