Venezuela's electoral council has said that President Hugo Chavez has won a fourth team in office, after defeating challenger Henrique Capriles.
National Electoral Council president Tibisay Lucena said that with most votes counted, Chavez had about 54 percent of the vote.
It was Chavez's third re-election victory in nearly 14 years in office.
The victory gives Chavez another six-year term to cement his legacy and press more forcefully for a transition to socialism in the country with the world's largest proven oil reserves.
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