Nicolas Maduro assumed the role of acting president at the death of Hugo Chavez in March 2013, and was declared winner of the presidential elections held the following month.
He was named as vice-president in October 2010 by Mr Chavez, who subsequently named him as his preferred successor.
The opposition candidate in the presidential election, Henrique Capriles, said he would contest the results of the vote.
Mr Capriles lost by less than two percentage points, but said his team had a list of more than 3,000 irregularities and demanded a recount.
Mr Maduro called for calm and for the result to be respected.
Analysts of the Venezuelan political scene say the narrow margin of victory leaves Mr Maduro with reduced authority and the difficult task of maintaining unity in a ruling alliance that includes military officers, oil executives and slum leaders.
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The Sites definition for a "Pseudo-Democracy" is:
"state in which there are democratic structures but without a real chance for an alternance of power"
This implicate, that a lost of PSUV-Forces in the democratic elections(certified by Carter Center et al) would not get implemented / get supressed by the actual goverment.
Thats a highly speculative assumption, especially when you take into consideration, that the actual goverment accepted without hesitation the win of (National) opposition gorces in several regional and city-districts (including the governor-election for the most important province and the mayor-office for the capital).
If PSUV-Forces would loose parliamentary elections and/or Chavez an Presidential election, its highly likely, that they would leave office, especially because their power rest on electoral success and on emphasizing the constitution and not on military forces (which are actually more sympathetic to opposition-goals than the average population).
The idea, that the PSUV would try to establish goverment by force if they would loose general elections is not realistic and would at least overestimate the the repressive capacity of the party or the military potential they have at hand. The PSUV/Chavez Goverment is in place because they won elections, the couldn't hold power without this.