By Jim McIlroy and Coral Wynter in Caracas:
Chavez wins with over 60%
December 3 — Wild celebrations have broken out here as the National Electoral Council (CNE) has announced that left-wing incumbent Hugo Chavez has won the Venezuelan presidential elections with a vote of over 60%.
CNE president Lucena Tibisay announced at 10pm that, with around 78% of the vote counted, Chavez had received 5,936,000 votes (61.4%), to right-wing opposition candidate Manuel Rosales’s 3,715,000 (38%).
In his victory speech, Chavez said the electorate had defeated George W Bush.
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