Hugo Chavez Wins Re-Election in Venezuela Presidential Vote

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez won re-election scoring 54 percent of the vote, leaving former state governor Henrique Capriles behind.

Hugo Chavez wins back power after 14 years in office, with 54.5% of the vote against rival Henrique Capriles. Photo: Sio El Ciudadano/Flickr

National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena announced Sunday that Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias won a third six-year term of office.

She said that President Chavez won 54.52 percent of the votes, thus eclipsing his rival Henrique Capriles, who scored 44.97 percent of the votes.

According to polling, 81 percent of the 19 million registered voters cast ballots, making this one of the largest election turnouts in years.

“Viva Venezuela! Viva the fatherland!” Chávez, a socialist whose so-called Bolivarian Revolution places him in firm opposition to the USA, exulted. “The battle was perfect and the victory was perfect.”

“I want to include everybody, including sectors of the opposition,” the winner said, adding: “Today we’ve shown that Venezuela’s democracy is one of the best democracies in the world, and we will continue to show it.”

After the results of the elections were announced, Chavez’s supporters danced in the streets as fireworks lit up the sky.

Javier Medina told reporters that he is celebrating as newly elected president belongs to his people, the poor and the working class. He says Mr. Chavez is the president of the poor, not president of the rich.

“I’m crying with joy,” said Alirio Guevara, a fisherman from Vargas, who came to Caracas to vote. “In the next six years, we will deepen the revolution.”

Meanwhile, the mood at the opposition’s headquarters was absolutely diverse. Capriles, the former army paratroop commander, accept Chavez’s victory and sent to him congratulations.

“In order to win, one must know how to lose. For me the people’s voices are sacred. For those who feel sad, I tell them, ‘we started to build a road and there it is’. We have 6 million people who want a new road.”

He also asked the president not to forget about the views of all the people when governing, as Venezuela is the that sees two visions and that to be a good president means to work for all people living there, to work for the solution of all Venezuelans’ problems.

Capriles told his supporters not to feel defeated: “We have planted many seeds across Venezuela and I know that these seeds are going to produce many trees.”

Chávez has been far from power for more than a decade despite an attempted coup, a nationwide oil strike and a yearlong fight with cancer, which may not be over, reports The Telegraph.

His party had lost ground in recent legislative elections and his struggling with cancer has worsen the situation.

When his 40-year-old rival who was making two stops a day in a energetic campaign that criss-crossed the country, Chavez had to restrict his campaigning.

The opposition believed to regain its power, but the president prevented all the attempts strongly with a giant rally of hundreds of thousands of supporters in Caracas on the final day of the campaign on Thursday.

During his presidential campaign Chavez promised to correct past mistakes and to do his best to build a socialist alternative to the capitalist model.

H also revealed his plans to keep on using the country’s vast oil revenues to redistribute wealth and to promote the revolution overseas and to bolster ideological allies such as Cuba and Nicaragua, The Guardian claims.

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