Incumbent President, Hugo Chavez, has won Venezuela’s tightly-contested presidential elections, clinching a fourth term with 54 per cent of the vote, according to the National Electoral Council.
Polling stations were officially closed at 22:00 GMT (6 p.m. local
time) on Sunday, but many stations remained open as the National
Electoral Council (CNE) said the polling stations wouldn’t close until
voters were no longer queuing to cast ballots.
The new leader will take office for a six-year term beginning February 2013.
have been six candidates competing for the presidency in the current
election. However since the very beginning, opinion polls suggested the
race was between just two potential leaders.Incumbent President Hugo
Chavez, representing the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, has proven
prominent, but opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, representing the
Coalition for Democratic Unity, has been biting at his heels throughout
campaigning.Capriles is the first opposition candidate in Chavez’s 13
years in power. The current leader and his young pro-US rival have been
neck-and-neck in opinion polls.
Chavez was first elected in 1998
and since then has been waging what he calls a “Bolivarian revolution”
towards socialism. He has received a lot of negative coverage from
Western media, many regarding him as a reactionary, seeking to cling to
power for another presidential term. His controversial foreign policies
have provoked the anger of the US on more the one occasion.
has condemned the support of the opposition in Syria and advocates
Iran’s right to enrich uranium. In addition, he has been a key figure in
the movement for Latin American integration and the exclusion of the US
regarding internal policies.
In contrast, 40-year-old Capriles
has resolved to radically change Venezuelan foreign policy upon
election, heralding a possible strengthening of ties with the US. Born
in 1972, Venezuelan politician and lawyer Capriles was mayor of Baruta
Municipality of Caracas. Since November 2008 has been governor of the
country’s Miranda state.Original article from RT News here.
Venezuelan Sovereignty lives to see another day! Chavez Wins! SO THRILLED!!!
Now, watch out for those CIA jackals...
Just adding a few interesting links.
As Hugo Chavez Wins Presidential Re-election Someone Makes Absolute Killing On InTrade - Someone made an awful lot of money on Chavez's presidential re-election.
As World Awaits Venezuela Presidential Results, Tanks Enter Caracas- Tanks in Caracas. Probably there to prevent riots from the extremist opposition losers (in the electoral sense, of course). The amount of ignorance in the comments below this article is staggering - especially considering that most likely none of them have ever actually lived in (or even been to) Venezuela.