April 14, 2013, midnight
On Sunday’s snap election, late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez was officially succeeded by Nicholas MADURO of the PSUV (Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela). MADURO defeated Henrique CAPRILLES by a significantly small margin, gaining 51 percent of votes compared to his opponent’s 49 percent. Although the National Electoral Council (CNE) has declared the results as irreversible, CAPRILLES has demanded a recount, citing polling irregularities in different parts of the country. MADURO is set to be sworn in on April 19th, and will serve until January 2019 to complete Chavez’s six-year term.