Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s new government appears to be faltering only days after exiting the presidential elections’ winning circle. The attempt to ride a Chavez-centric presidential campaign to an easy victory barely proved fruitful for the new president who won with a two percent margin. Just enough of a margin for accusations of widespread corruption, vote stealing, and intimidation from opposition leader Henrique Capriles to gain traction. Capriles has blasted the agreement to audit the vote count, calling the recount process a “joke” due to its insufficient methods of vote recounts. Mr. Capriles stated that if his party did not receive access to the voting records from last Sunday he would be approaching the Supreme Court to annul the election and call a second presidential election to determine a new winner. (April 26, 2013 BBC; April 20, 2013 The Economist)