At least 7 people were killed and dozens more injured across Venezuela in post-presidential election violence Monday, CNN reports.
Violence erupted Monday night after officials announced Hugo Chavez's chosen successor Nicolas Maduro as the winner of the election, despite demands from supporters of challenger Henrique Capriles Radonski for a recount. Maduro won 50.8 percent of the votes, with Radonski winning 49 percent, Venezuela's National Electoral Council said. Authorities say the close results incited the violence, despite the candidate's urging for their supporters to remain calm.
Protests continued across the country Tuesday, as Chavez-Maduro supporters lighting firecrackers and students clashing with soldiers armed with tear gas and plastic bullets, Fox News reports.
Supporters of Radonski claim the election was rigged in Maduro's favor with malfunctioning voting machines, inconsistencies in tallies reported by voting centers and opposition witnesses being forced out of hundreds of polls. Maduro said he will crack down on the opposition, and "use an iron fist" on anyone attempting to unseat him from the presidency.