Chávez Wins at Least Six More Years as Venezuela’s President

Chávez Wins at Least Six More Years as Venezuela’s President

CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez yesterday earned six more years to steer the world's fifth largest oil producer through what is set to become the region's most expansive socialist experiment.

Amid claims of voting irregularities by the opposition, election officials last night announced that Chávez had won 61 percent of the vote, with 38 percent garnered by conservative opposition candidate Manuel Rosales.

Caracas exploded with the news. Fireworks, horns and throngs of chatting supporters broke an eerie silence that had settled on the tense city throughout the day of voting. By 11 p.m., thousands had converged on Miraflores, the presidential palace, to hear Chávez speak.

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