Hugo Chavez re-elected as Venezuela president
Hugo Chavez has won another six years in office after securing a re-election victory in Venezuela’s presidential election defeating challenger Henrique Capriles, the electoral council said. National Electoral Council president Tibisay Lucena says that with most votes counted, Chavez had about 54 per cent of the vote. It was Chavez’s third re-election victory in nearly 14 years in office. The decision marks the end of a bitter campaign in which the opposition accused him of unfairly using Venezuela’s oil wealth and his near total control of state institutions to his advantage.