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Capriles, grandson of Holocaust survivors, calling for recount after losing Venezuelan presidency

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Posted on Apr. 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles gives a news conference about Sunday's election results in Caracas on April 15. Photo by REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles gives a news conference about Sunday's election results in Caracas on April 15. Photo by REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, is calling for a recount after narrowly losing the country’s presidential election.

Nicolas Maduro, the acting president and the preferred successor of late President Hugo Chavez, was declared the winner of the April 14 election with 50.7 percent of the vote, compared to to 49.1 percent for Capriles, representing a difference of 235,000 ballots.

In calling for the recount, Capriles cited voting irregularities. He has not accepted Maduro’s declaration of victory, Reuters reported.

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