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Chavez wins Venezuela election

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has won a 4th term in office, the country's electoral council has announced. Chavez had faced a strong challenge from Henrique Capriles.

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Venezuelan Presidential election set for climax

Today's Venezuelan Presidential election will determine who governs the country for a six-year term from 2013 to 2019.

Hugo Chavez is the current President of Venezuela and leader of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela. Victory for the 58-year-old today would allow him to consolidate policy control over the economy and continue his 14-year rule.

Hugo Chavez is the current President of Venezuela. Credit: Reuters/Tomas Bravo

Chavez's election rival Henrique Capriles, a 40-year-old state governor and lawyer, became the opposition candidate for the 2012 election in February this year.

He has built much of his campaign on house-by-house visits and has promised more jobs for the people of the country.

Henrique Capriles, a 40-year-old state governor and lawyer, is the Venezuelan opposition candidate. Credit: Stringer Venezuela / Reuters

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