Incumbent Nicolas Maduro declared winner of disputed Venezuela election

Venezuela’s embattled socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, won a second six-year term by a landslide in a disputed election on Sunday. Maduro’s nearest challenger, Henri Falcon, said the vote “lacks legitimacy,” and refused to recognize the result. The U.S. also said it would not recognize Maduro’s win, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan announced Sunday. Maduro won despite a political and economic crisis that has left the public facing grave shortages of food, medicine, and other necessities, as well as hyperinflation. Many Maduro critics boycotted the election, which they said would be rigged. The Maduro government banned the two most popular opposition candidates from running.

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