Chavez Stunned at his re-election and Opponents

Lining up Monday for the bank in a more affluent district of Caracas, Alejandro Colmenarez, 32, an engineer, was prepared to bunch his bags. "Half of Venezuela is astonished," he said of the re-election of Hugo Chavez, 58, to a fourth term as leader. "We were looking for amazing better behind 14 years.” With all the lack of confidence, all the problems, I'm going to leave the country," he said. "I'm thoughts Spain." With 90% of the ballots counted, Chavez won a six-year term with 54.4% of the vote over competitor and previous state administrator Henrique Capriles Radonski, who got 45%.
It was Chavez's fourth presidential triumph.While his margin of success was much tighter than the 2006 presidential voting, it did not come close to the prediction of a close race optional by some media polls and exit polls. Chavez got 550,000 additional votes Sunday than he did six years ago, while the resistance augmented its vote total by about 2.1 million. Capriles asked his followers to recognize the results but lashed out at Chavez's use of the country's oil riches to slosh money at his backer in the form of new social expenditure that he called "vote buying." Capriles' followers on Monday also groused about Chavez's monopolize of the state media television system most important up to Sunday's election.

TV broadcasters covered hours of Chavez appearance on the movement trail daily and dedicated little if any exposure to Capriles' events. Capriles said he would carry on working for Venezuela in spite of the loss. "I gave it my all, and I'm arrogant of what we built," he said. White House press presenter Jay Carney congratulates the Venezuelan people for nonviolent elections and for high voter contribution while noting that the U.S. has differences through Chavez. "We cheer the Venezuelan citizens on the high level of contribution, as well as on what was a moderately passive election process," he said. Capriles had campaigned on ending dishonesty and offense he blamed on Chavez's policies. He said Chavez's state organize of the wealth was causing high food prices and poor manufacture in the major oil treasury in the world in Venezuela. Chavez, who has been getting treatments for cancer, indicates in victory that he would take his communalist policies even deeper. "Venezuela will persist along the path of autonomous Maoism for the 21st century," he said at the Miraflores presidential turret to the tens of thousands who had gathered there. Chavez followers were thrilled. They lit fireworks exterior Miraflores Sunday night and Monday.

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