Following Hugo Chávez's death on March 5, 2013, Venezuela went to elections on April 14th to choose the late president's successor. Nicolás Maduro was chosen by Chávez himself as his successor and before he passed away he asked his people to vote for Maduro in case he died. Maduro faced Henrique Capriles, like Chávez did during the previous elections on October 7, 2012.
After many acts of vandalism, advantage and many crimes, Nicolás Maduro won by 50.6% of the votes against Capriles, who got 49,7%, with a mere difference of 230.000 votes. Capriles said he wouldn't accept the results until the votes were counted manually, vote by vote, because the results given by the National Elections Committee didn't match the results his team had calculated. Capriles suspects he's the actual winner and is executing his right to impugn the results.
The problem came when the National Elections Committee's representants started to steal the boxes that held the votes in many voting centers, and then burning them. International votes haven't been counted, and only a 70% of the national votes have been counted, aproximately. The government refuses to count every single vote manually and people have been protesting on the streets since April 15. There have been many riots, causing many injured people and several deaths all over the country. These protests plan on keep going on until the National Elections Committee accepts to count the votes manually.