Chavez Wins Venezuela Election

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has won a fourth term in office after defeating opposition leader Henrique Capriles, electoral officials say.

Hugo Chavez is often photographed with the portrait of Simon Boliva in the background.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has won a fourth term in office after defeating opposition leader Henrique Capriles, electoral officials say.

Mr Chavez won 54% of the vote, the country's electoral council announced.

Noisy celebrations among Chavez supporters erupted across the capital Caracas following the result.

Turnout was high in the hotly contested election and voting was extended beyond the official closing time at some polling stations with long queues.