Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Chavez allies sweep Venezuela vote

People wait to cast their ballots at a polling station in Caracas, Venezuela (AP)

Allies of President Hugo Chavez has won a sweeping victory in the country's gubernatorial elections, capturing at least 19 of 23 states, the country's electoral chief said.

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles held on for a re-election win in Miranda state, one of three opposition candidates who had won according to the preliminary results.

Going into the vote, the opposition had held the governorships in eight states, and it lost in five of those states according to the results announced by National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena.

Jorge Rodriguez, campaign manager for the pro-Chavez camp, hailed the victory saying it represented "the map painted red" - the colour of Mr Chavez's socialist party.

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