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October 07, 2012

Venezuelans Vote in a Landmark Election

New York Times: "Large numbers of Venezuelans turned out to vote on Sunday in a landmark election that could give President Hugo Chávez a new term to extend and deepen his socialist revolution or replace him with a youthful, more moderate challenger, Henrique Capriles Radonski."

"For the first time since Mr. Chávez took office in 1999, the outcome of a presidential election was in doubt. His long hold on power and his autocratic grip over all branches of government have led some in the opposition to question whether he would accept a defeat."

Washington Post: "The wild card in the contest between two markedly different men that began eight months ago is Chavez's health. The 58-year-old former army paratrooper, famous for his seemingly boundless energy and his hours-long speeches, had until the past three months been mostly out of sight, as doctors here and in Cuba treated him for a cancerous tumor. Chavez said he is cured, but details of his illness are a state secret."

Update: The Venezuela electoral council says Chavez won re-election, the AP reports.


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