Maduro re-election challenge rejected:
Venezuela’s highest court refused Wednesday to consider a lawsuit challenging President Nicolas Maduro’s re-election victory in May.
The elections chamber of the Supreme Court announced its decision on Twitter, and did not give the reasoning behind it. The court is widely accused of being biased in favor of the president.
On May 20, Maduro was re-elected for a second six-year term with 68 percent of the vote in a poll boycotted by the main opposition and derided as a sham by the US, EU and 13 other Latin American countries. More than half of the electorate abstained.
Venezuela is in the throes of a severe economic crisis.
The suit was lodged by Henri Falcon, Maduro’s main rival in the election, who called for the vote to be run again. (Agencies)