CARACAS - Venezuelan opposition leaders said their coalition won control of the legislature from the ruling Socialists for the first time in 16 years on Sunday, though there was no confirmation from the national electoral board.
Opposition leader Henrique Capriles, prominent rights activist Lilian Tintori and another opposition leader who asked to remain unidentified said the Democratic Unity coalition had gained a majority in the 167-member National Assembly.
"The results are as we hoped. Venezuela has won. It's irreversible," tweeted Capriles, a former presidential candidate and one of the leading figures inside the coalition.