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Chavez ally wins Venezuela poll

Venezuela elects Nicolas Maduro as president in the country's election, the Electoral Authority says.The election board says the result is irreversible and urges Venezuelans to respect the results and stay indoors.

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Fears over Venezuela's Presidential election result

Both sides in an election to choose a successor to Venezuela's late leader Hugo Chavez expressed confidence of victory after Sunday's vote, raising fears that the official result could be contested.

Acting President Nicolas Maduro led all polls before the vote, buoyed by Chavez's blessing before he died from cancer last month and vowing to continue the former president's self-styled socialist revolution.

But Maduro's rival, state governor Henrique Capriles, appeared to close the gap in the last days of the short campaign.

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