Capriles in international poll appeal


Venezuela opposition leader Henrique Capriles announced Tuesday he would go “before international bodies” to contest the April presidential vote that brought Nicolas Maduro to power.

The opposition candidate said he had “exhausted” domestic remedies after waiting three months for a Supreme Court decision on his appeal.

“We will go before international bodies. . . . We plan to file our complaint at the end of the month,” Capriles added.

Official results gave Maduro, 50, the hand-picked successor of longtime leader Hugo Chavez, a razor-thin margin of just 1.5 percent over Capriles, 41, in the April 14 election.

Capriles did not specify to which international bodies he planned to appeal, but said two complaints would be filed, one in his name and one in the name the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), an umbrella coalition for opposition parties.

Elsewhere in the country, a gunman riding on the back of a motorcycle killed the leader of a small Venezuelan opposition party in the home state of Chavez. A colleague said Pablo Uzcategui was shot twice Monday night as he drove through the Barinas state capital with his son. National Assembly lawmaker Carlos Berrizbeitia said the killing of Uzcategui was not a robbery.