Chavez Reelected President of Venezuela: 61.4% of Vote


Richard Moore

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Chavez Reelected President of Venezuela: 61.4% of Vote
Sunday, Dec 03, 2006


Caracas, December 3, 2006-- According to the first preliminary results from 
Venezuela's National Electoral Council, President Hugo Chavez won the presidency
with 61.4% of the vote to his challenger's 38.4%. This is with 78.3% of the 
votes counted.

So far, Chavez got 5.9 million votes and Manuel Rosales, the candidate of the 
opposition, who got 3.7 million votes. This means that Chavez got slightly more 
votes than during the 2004 recall referendum and about 23 percentage points more
than Rosales.

CNE President Tibisay Lucena also announced that as soon as 80% of the votes had
been tallied, the CNe would make an announcement of who officially won the 

In middle and upper class neighborhoods people started booing and banging pots 
in protest to the announcement, while in the capital's poor neighborhoods people
began launching fireworks in celebration.

A mere 20 minutes after the CNE announcement, Chavez appeared on the balcony of 
the Miraflores Presidential Palace, singing the national anthem to a crowd of 
supporters who had gathered below in the midst of a heavy downpour.

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