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Chavez declares victory, rival concedes race

2012-10-08 05:04:17 GMT2012-10-08 13:04:17(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Image provided by Presidency of Venezuela shows incumbent Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (L) shaking hands with his supporters during the presidential election in Caracas, capital of Venezuela, Oct. 7, 2012. Hugo Chavez has won the presidential election with 54.42 percent of the vote, Tibisay Lucena Ramirez, president of the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced late Sunday. (Xinhua/Presidency of Venezuela)

Incumbent Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez participates in a press conference during the presidential election in Caracas, capital of Venezuela, Oct. 7, 2012. Hugo Chavez has won the presidential election with 54.42 percent of the vote, Tibisay Lucena Ramirez, president of the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced late Sunday. (Xinhua)

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez called his reelection in Sunday's presidential poll "the people's victory" in a late-night speech delivered from the balcony of the presidential palace.

"I would like thank first of all the opposition leadership, because they have recognized the truth, the truth of the people's victory," he said. "That is why I begin by thanking them, because we are all brothers in Simon Bolivar's fatherland."

At around 10.00 p.m. Sunday local time (0230 GMT Monday), the National Election Council announced Chavez carried 54.42 percent of the vote, compared with 44.47 percent for rival Henrique Capriles.

Between words, Chavez sang the national anthem to a crowd of cheering supporters that filled the square in front of the palace. They waved flags and wore red shirts of the Great Diplomatic Pole coalition that Chavez led to power again.

Capriles, representing the Democratic Unity Roundtable coalition, accepted defeat as soon as the result was announced, and said he hoped that Chavez would be a good president.

"For me, the will of the people is sacred," Capriles told reporters at his campaign headquarters."And I would like to thank the more than six million Venezuelans who placed their trust in me."

"I ask him (Chavez) to be a good president on behalf of all Venezuelans. No Venezuelan should feel defeated today. Today we have lost the presidency but I will continue to work for all the citizens of my Venezuela."

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