Maduro re-elec­tion chal­lenge re­jected:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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)

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