Official: Chavez allies win congressional majority

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 27, 2010 10:14

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez held on to a congressional majority in Venezuela's elections on Monday, but his opponents made gains that could help them challenge his grip on power.

With the vast majority of votes counted, Chavez's socialist party won at least 90 of the 165 seats in the National Assembly, while the opposition coalition won at least 59 seats, National Electoral Council president Tibisay Lucena said early Monday.

She said other seats either went to a small splinter party or had not yet been determined. The initial count was announced eight hours after the close of Sunday's voting because there were a number of close races, Lucena said.

The opposition had demanded that electoral authorities release the results after an hours-long wait that put the country on edge.


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