Nicholas Maduro

Nicholas Maduro

The government of Dominica has said that it looks forward to working with president-elect of Venezuela, Nicholas Maduro, on widening and deepening the bi-lateral relationship between the two countries “as well as advancing our integration process.”

In a message to the Maduro and his party, acting prime minister, Petter Saint Jean, congratulated the new president describing his victory at Sunday’s poll as “a fitting tribute to the fallen comrade, President Hugo Chavez.”

“During your term in office the government of Dominica looks forward to deepening and widening bi-lateral relations between our two countries, as well as advancing our integration process, especially within Petro Caribe and ALBA with the central goal of growing the prosperity of our countries and building equity among countries based on international solidarity,” he said.

According to Saint Jean the announcement that Maduro had triumphed over his rival, Henrique Capriles, “filled with us brotherly joy and pride.”  He said it was a fitting tribute to the late Huge Chavez, “whose towering vision of social justice consolidated Venezuela’s independence, while it advanced Latin American and Caribbean unity …and set a very strong foundation for your presidency.”

“On the behalf of the government and people of Dominica and behalf of the honorable prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, who is out of state, I congratulate you, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, your government and Venezuelan people on your continued commitment to the most cherished practices and principles of democracy,” Saint Jean said in the message.

Maduro was handpicked by Chavez who passed away earlier this year after a two-year battle with cancer.

He won a narrow victory over Capriles securing 50.8 percent of votes in the election. Capriles got 49.0 percent.

The result was a shock to many in a country where polls leading to the elections had shown Maduro leading by double digits.

After initial results were released on Sunday, Maduro claimed victory but welcomed a full recount.

However the decision was reversed on Monday and since then political tension has risen.

Media reports now indicate that at least seven people have been killed in post-election violence.

Spain, the U.S. and the secretary-general of the Organization of American States, José Miguel Insulza, have all called for a recount.