Agence France-PresseDecember 8, 2013 20:16
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro faced a big test Sunday as municipal polls, seen as a referendum on his performance amid soaring crime, high inflation and household shortages, closed.
Maduro, the handpicked heir of leftist icon Hugo Chavez, was narrowly elected to office in April, one month after his popular predecessor died of cancer.
Balloting ended at 6:00 pm (2230 GMT) to pick 337 mayors and more than 2,000 city councilors. The opposition, which now controls about 50 municipalities, is vying to double that number.