Chávez: "This was a perfect battle"
Reelected as president with 54% of votes as revealed by the National Electoral Council (CNE), the president applauded the democratic attitude and the high participation (80%) of voters
"We have pulled off victory throughout the battle line," stressed Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who was reelected for a third consecutive term and will be in office for another six years (2013-2019).
Addressing supporters from the presidential palace, President Chávez informed it has been a memorable day.
Reelected as president with 54% of votes as revealed by the National Electoral Council (CNE), the president applauded the democratic attitude and the high participation (80%) of voters.
"I must congratulate all of them, including opposition leaders for acknowledging the truth; they have recognized the victory of the people," said the leader who was accompanied by his daughters, grandchildren, and members of his cabinet.
The reelected president also called upon some reluctant opposition sectors to recognize his victory and the good things of the country.
Chávez went on and applauded the fact that this political sector did not carry forward any plans already devised to cause destabilization in the country.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."