Students, troops clash in Venezuela over election

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Opposition supporters protest the official results of the presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 15, 2013. Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, won a razor-thin victory in Sunday's special presidential election but the opposition candidate Henrique Capriles refused to accept the result and demanded a full recount. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — National Guard troops are firing tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse students protesting the official results in Venezuela's disputed presidential election.

The students are hurling chunks of concrete and stones back at the troops on a highway in the capital of Caracas.

The students are trying to reach the western part of Caracas, where most of the government is headquartered and where Nicolas Maduro is being declared winner of Sunday's election to replace the deceased Hugo Chavez.

Citizens around the capital also are banging pots and pans to protest the proclamation of Maduro as the victor.

Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles has challenged his narrow loss to Maduro and is demanding a recount.