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Gideon Long in Caracas

The result was never in doubt: Nicolás Maduro won Sunday’s presidential election in Venezuela by a mile, thanks to a tried-and-tested mixture of coercion, propaganda and possibly outright fraud. What is far less predictable is what happens next.

With Mr Maduro seemingly intent on clinging to power for another six years, the international community is mulling how to respond to his increasingly authoritarian rule, disregard for even the most basic tenets of democracy and the drastically deteriorating humanitarian situation in Venezuela.