Chavez Wins in Venezuela

He fends off younger challenger in presidential race
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2012 10:07 PM CDT
Updated Oct 8, 2012 12:03 AM CDT
Chavez Wins in Venezuela
Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles talks to journalists after voting.   (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Hugo Chavez's reign in Venezuela will extend to 20 years, assuming he's telling the truth about having beaten his cancer. The 58-year-old defeated 40-year-old challenger Henrique Capriles in today's presidential election by 54% to 45%, reports Reuters. Capriles had figured to make oil-rich Venezuela more business-friendly and bring it back into the good graces of the US, but Chavez, who has ruled since 1999 with a socialist bent, won another six years instead.

"We have planted many seeds across Venezuela and I know that these seeds are going to produce many trees," Chavez said in a speech tonight, reports the AP. (Read more Hugo Chavez stories.)

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