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Hugo Chavez wins re-election

10-08-2012 20:15 BJT

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been re-elected to a fourth term after defeating opposition leader Henrique Capriles. The National Electoral Council president announced that with 90 percent of the ballots counted, Chavez took just over 54% of the vote with Capriles winning nearly 45%.

Crowds cheer for a familiar leader - 58-year-old Chavez, will now serve a fourth term after a bitterly fought race against Capriles.

Hugo Chavez said, "This is a step forward, a very important step forward in building peace and confidence for all of us. It’s for that I send this greeting and extend both my hands and heart, because we are brothers in this homeland. For those who are spreading social poison, to those who are denying all the good things that happened in Venezuela, I invite them to join the dialogue and debate."

Chavez called his re-election "the people’s victory" in a late-night speech delivered from the balcony of the presidential palace.

Chavez had a tight race with Capriles, the candidate from the opposition Coalition for Democratic Unity. The electoral council said 81 percent of the nearly 19 million registered voters cast ballots.

Capriles, a 40-year-old law graduate, promptly conceded defeat at a press conference.

Henrique Capriles, Venezuelan opposition leader, said, "I send my congratulations to the candidate, the President of the republic. From here, I want to send him my congratulations and I want to say to him that hopefully he realises what the people of today want to express."

Chavez was diagnosed with cancer last year but says he is now fully recovered. He has been in power since February 1999 and will start his new six-year term starting from January, 2013.

He has been seeking to extend his so-called "21st century socialism" project of greater nationalization and more rights for the poor.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CCTV.com

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