Nicolas Maduro won another six-year term as president of Venezuela with a vote overshadowed by an opposition boycott and allegations of vote rigging.
Only 46% of the electorate voted amid food shortages stemming from a severe economic crisis.
The main opposition candidate, Henri Falcon, rejected the result shortly after the polls closed.
He said: “We do not recognize this election process as valid … we must have new elections in Venezuela.”
With more than 90% of the votes counted, Nicolas Maduro, 55, had 67.7% – 5.8 million votes – said the head of the National Electoral Council, Tibisai Lucena. Henri Falcon won 21.2% – 1.8 million votes – she said.
Nicolas Maduro told welcoming supporters in front of his presidential palace in Caracas when fireworks exploded and confetti exploded in the air: “They underestimated me.”
Henri Falcon claims that the vote was rigged in favor of Nicolas Maduro by abusing the scanning of state-issued compensation cards used to access food.
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According to government officials, the polls were “free and fair”, but most of the opposition joined the boycott of the poll.
The Trump administration has said it will not recognize the result. Sending before the vote, the US mission to the UN called the process an “insult to democracy.”
Venezuela’s presidential election was scheduled for December 2018, but the National Constituent Assembly, composed exclusively of supporters of Nicolas Maduro, brought them forward.
The opposition Democratic Unity coalition said the election had been postponed to take advantage of coalition divisions. The two biggest candidates were also barred from running, while others fled the country.
There were a handful of underage candidates, but only Henri Falcon, governor of the late President Hugo Chavez, was seen as a viable alternative to Nicolas Maduro. Henri Sokol comes from the same socialist party as President Maduro, but left in 2010 to join the opposition.
Henri Falcon, who is running despite the boycott, said he believed the majority of Venezuelans wanted to remove Nicolas Maduro from office.
However, the rest of the opposition frowned at his broken ranks – with some even branding him a traitor.