Venezuela's electoral council confirmed Maduro’s presidential victory, but the decision will do little to ease the political crisis. The opposition says it will bring fraud charges before international courts.
After nearly two tumultuous months, Venezuela's electoral council officially ratified Nicolás Maduro’s presidential victory yesterday. In announcing the results of an audit of April’s razor thin election results, council head Tibisay Lucena said the vote "accurately reflects the will of the [Venezuelan] people."
But the decision will do little to quell the political crisis here as the country's opposition now says it's set to take its case before international courts.
"We first want to exhaust all local, institutional means," says Gerardo Blyde, a member of the Democratic Unity Table (MUD), the political coalition contesting the results. "We're waiting for a response to our complaints before going to bodies such as the Organization of American States (OAS)."
Claiming Mr. Maduro's victory was fraught with fraud, Venezuela's political opposition lodged complaints before the Supreme Court last month, demanding a new vote. Calls for international action could help to bolster MUD's efforts at home; however, analysts say no international body is likely to overturn April's election results.