Venezuelan President-elect Nicolas Maduro blamed opposition leader Henrique Capriles for deadly street clashes and accused him of trying to stir up a coup.
Military spending rose in Latin America last year, bucking a global trend that indicated downturns in Europe, North America and parts of Asia and Africa.
Nicolas Maduro squeaked by Henrique Capriles in Sunday's election to serve out the late Hugo Chavez's term as Venezuela's president, election officials said.
Venezuelans were voting Sunday to elect a president to complete the term of the late Hugo Chavez, with polls suggesting a victory for his handpicked successor.
Hundreds of thousands of supporters for Venezuela's two main presidential hopefuls rallied in the streets ahead of Sunday's election, observers said.
Venezuela's presidential campaign season began Tuesday, with leading contender Nicolas Maduro tracing the steps of late President Hugo Chavez, officials said.
The death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has widened the gulf between his country and Paraguay.
Venezuelan Acting President Niolas Maduro introduced economic reforms as part of the government's effort to shore up the economy before presidential elections.
Venezuela has decided not to embalm the body of the late President Hugo Chavez and put it on display, the government's information minister says.
Cuba is fervently hoping the death of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will not disturb the status quo in the Caribbean island's lucrative relationship with oil-rich government in Caracas.