Hugo Chavez re-elected as Venezuelan president

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has won a fourth term in office, after opposition leader Henrique Capriles conceded defeat.

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Mr Chavez won 54% of the vote, the country’s electoral council announced, with turnout at about 81%.

Mr Chavez said Venezuela would continue its march towards socialism but also vowed he would be a “better president”.

‘Bolivarian revolution’

Mr Chavez, 58, was diagnosed with cancer last year but says he is now fully recovered.

He has been in power since 1999 and said he needed another six-year term to continue his “Bolivarian revolution” towards socialism.

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