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Chavez Officially Proclaimed President-Elect for 2007-2013

With a large crowd of supporters outside, Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias was officially proclaimed President-elect of Venezuela for "the next 6 years”, yesterday morning, with 7,161,637 votes, 62.89% of the total.

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Venezuelan Opposition Candidate, Manuel Rosales, Concedes

The main opposition candidate, Manuel Rosales, recognized his defeat to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez this evening in the Venezuelan presidential elections, shortly after the Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE) announced Chavez’s 23 point lead with just over 78% of the votes counted.

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Chavez Reelected President of Venezuela: 61.4% of Vote

According to the first preliminary results from Venezuela's National Electoral Council, Chavez won the presidency with 61.4% of the vote to his challenger's 38.4%. This is with 78.3% of the votes counted.

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Venezuelan Elections: Calm & Tranquil

An update from the ground from Eva Golinger.

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Voting Without Problems in Venezuela’s Presidential Elections

With a round of fireworks from the National Electoral Council this morning, election day officially began with a bang. The community, however, was already in the streets. With most voting centers now having been open for 5 hours or more, the largest complaint appears to be the long lines.

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Venezuelans Ready to Vote in First Presidential Election Since 2000

Venezuelans vote on Sunday December 3 for their choice for president for the next six years. The National Electoral Council (CNE) says everything is ready for the day.

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Venezuela’s Media Must “Assume Consequences” for Destabilization Says Chavez

In another marathon press conference on Thursday afternoon, President Hugo Chavez, declared that the Venezuelan electoral system is one of the safest in the world, and that any media attempting to destabilize the elections by carrying out fraudulent mid-day polls, should be prepared to “assume the consequences.”

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Venezuelan Community Organizers and Local Officials in Get Out the Vote Drive

With only a week to go before the election the grassroots movements in the barrios of Caracas and the town halls are organizing to ensure a large turn out on election day and that it passes without incident.

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Venezuela Takes Steps Towards Solar Energy

Highlighting one of the first initiatives of the recently launched Mission Energy Revolution, 73 new solar-powered lamp posts where installed last week along Bolivar Avenue in downtown Caracas. Venezuela has plans to multiply the pilot project around the country.

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Venezuela’s Electoral Council Denounces Campaign Abuses

The Chair of the Campaign Commission of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE), Vicente Diaz, yesterday denounced that both public and private media and the campaigns of both main candidates for president have violated campaign rules. Also, according to Diaz, the broadcast media have been partial to one campaign or the other.

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U.S. Embassy Warns of Political Disturbances in Venezuela

The US Embassy in Venezuela yesterday released a statement warning its citizens resident in the South American country to stockpile food in case of major political disturbances following the presidential elections on December 3.

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