Hugo Chavez was re-elected president of Venezuela with 54.42% of the votes, while Henrique Capriles obtained 44.97%, according to data released this evening by the National Electoral Council of Venezuela.
Chavez will remain Venezuela's President until 2019. He achieved victory by more than a million votes in Venezuela’s most contested election since he became president almost 14 years ago.
Tibisay Lucena, president of Venezuela’s CNE (National Electoral Council) made the announcement:"…With 90% of the votes counted the candidate Hugo Chavez has 7,444,082 preferences, that is 54.42 percent of the votes, and candidate Henrique Capriles, has 6,151,544 votes, that is 44.97 percent of the votes”, she said.
Venezuela's opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, acknowledged his defeat in the race against President Hugo Chavez, and congratulated him on his victory.
"We have started to pave the way and more than six million people are looking for future. You can count on me. I am at your service and I want to tell the other Venezuelans (government supporters) that they can count on me as well," said opposition leader Henrique Capriles, reports El Universal, Caracas.