President Hugo Chavez re-elected in Venezuela

Hugo Chavez re-elected. President Hugo Chávez is re-elected in Venezuela.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez scored a comfortable election victory that could extend his rule to 20 years and vowed to deepen his self-styled socialist revolution that has polarized the South American OPEC nation.

The victory also cements his status as a towering figure in modern Latin American history and an icon of the political left. But the slimmer margin of victory – 10 percentage points, down from 25 points in 2006 – reflected growing frustration among Venezuelans at day-to-day problems such as rampant crime and blackouts, which Chavez will be under pressure to tackle.

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