Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has won a hotly-contested presidential election in Venezuela.
Caracas, Venezuela (SaebPress) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was re-elected to a new six-year term, overcoming an energetic challenge by a candidate backed by an opposition coalition, according to The National Electoral Council nearly complete results.
The National Electoral Council announced on Sunday that President Chavez won the majority, taking 54.42 percent of the votes, compared with 44.97 percent for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles.
” comrades, compatriots: Today we have demonstrated that our democracy is one of the best in the world,” and he considered it as “perfect democratic battle on all fronts.” Chavez said in a speech from the balcony of the presidential palace to thousands of jubilant supporters of the president whom poured onto the streets across the capital city of Caracas to celebrate the victory, right after the electoral council president Tibisay Lucena announced the results.
with the “turnout in the country’s election was 80.94 percent of the 19 million eligible voters. Chavez had secured 7.4 million votes and Capriles 6.1 million votes”, election officials said. Lucena also said that with 90 percent of the ballots counted,” Chavez took 7,444,082 votes, while Capriles secured 6,151,554 votes”.
Chavez, who survived a Washington-engineered coup in 2002, is a fierce US critic. His power and strength stems from his popularity among the poor and the long-neglected by previous political groups whom served the interests of the elite and wealthy not the masses.
Bolivian President Evo Morales congratulated President Chavez on his re-election, defining it as ” not just a victory for the people of Venezuela. It is a victory for the Bolivarian alliance and all of Latin America,” Morales stated.