The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is situated on the northern coast of South America. Home to an estimated population of 29.1 million, it covers around 916,445 square kilometres which includes the Andes mountains and the Amazon Basin Rainforest. Its main export is oil. Venezuela was colonized by Spain in 1522 but continued resistance led in 1811 to it becoming the first Spanish American country to declare independence. A chequered political history followed which saw dictatorships rise and fall, as well as military coups. The current president is founder of the Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement-200, Hugo Chávez.
Venezuela opposition to boycott vote audit
Henrique Capriles says Venezuela’s opposition will boycott an audit of election results because the National Electoral Council did not accept his demand for the examination of registers containing voters’ signatures and fingerprints.
Capriles says the opposition will challenge the election results in the Supreme Court and pressure authorities to organise a new election.
The opposition leader made the decision after election officials did not respond to his repeated demands for a complete audit.
Capriles made the announcement during a televised interview on Thursday.