Incumbent president, Hugo Chávez, won a fourth six year term in office in yesterday’s presidential election. A record 80.94% turnout showed the strength of feelings on both sides. Chávez took 54.42% and Henrique Capriles Radonski of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) took 44.97%. The figures quoted are from the National Election Council (CNE) after 90% of the votes had been counted.
Chávez, who has been in office since 1998, was also re-elected in 2000 and 2006. Henrique Capriles accepted defeat and congratulated the president.