Monday 22 January 2018

Chavez expecting fourth term after tight election

Owen Jones Caracas

Crowds in the Venezuelan capital joined in chants of "we want to vote" yesterday as they faced waits of up to three hours in the heat to vote in one of the tightest elections since President Hugo Chavez stormed to victory in 1998.

The turnout was reported to be high as up to 19 million Venezuelans went to the polls, desperate to take part in the vote that has polarised the nation.

Most polls project that the results -- due to be announced today -- could narrowly hand Mr Chavez a fourth presidential term. But this time, the opposition is far more united.

Although Venezuelans live with one of the world's highest murder rates, Mr Chavez remains popular, especially among the country's poorest people. (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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