The election council granted a partial recount of Sunday's presidential vote, but it's unlikely to reverse Maduro's inauguration, which took place today.
As Nicolás Maduro stood before Venezuela's National Assembly to be sworn in as president today, thousands of opposition supporters celebrated, salsa music blaring throughout the capital, in hopes that Mr. Maduro could legally be unseated.
In a surprise concession, Venezuela's Electoral Council (CNE) said last night that it will scrutinize an additional 46 percent of the votes cast in Sunday's election, fueling opposition hopes that candidate Henrique Capriles, who lost the presidency by less than 2 percent, still has a shot.
"We are where we want to be," Mr. Capriles said after the late Thursday night announcement. "I think I will have the universe of voters needed to get where I want to be."
"If they want to audit the remaining 46 percent, no problem, let's do it," said Jorge Rodríguez, Maduro's campaign manager. Mr. Rodríguez added that he would post the digitized results from 39,800 polling stations on the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) website in order "disprove the lies" of the opposition.