Chavez’s Party Wins 68% of Seats in Venezuela’s Parliament
Caracas, Venezuela, —Chavez’s party, the Movement for the Fifth Republic (MVR), won 114 or 68% of the 167 seats in the
new National Assembly, according to preliminary results that MVR deputy William Lara announced this evening. Pro-Chavez
parties won all 167 seats in the new National Assembly.
The President of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE), Jorge Rodriguez, said that with 79% of the voting center
results examined, voter turnout so far was at 25%. A total of 2.9 million votes had been counted so far, meaning that
about 3.67 million Venezuelans cast ballots on Sunday.
The preparations, voting, and dismantling of the voting centers all proceeded normally, explained Rodriguez, with no
incidents to speak of.
Many voting centers had to open late, though, because citizens who were asked to staff the centers did not show up,
particularly in upper middle class neighborhoods, where the opposition parties that called for a boycott, are especially