HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 24 (acn) According to Granma news daily, the opposition won only three states and the Capital District during a vote that went smoothly and that was attended by 65.45% of the electorate.

The candidates of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won in the states of Yaracuy, Delta Amacuro, Vargas, Apure, Aragua, Barinas, Bolivar, Cojedes, Falcon, Guarico, Lara, Merida, Monagas, Portuguesa, Trujillo, Sucre, Anzoategui and in the municipality of Libertador de Caracas.

The Capital District as well as the states of Zulia, Miranda and Nueva Esparta went to the hands of the opposition.

According to figures given by the president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, results were not clear in the states of Carabobo and Tachira.

Before the elections, the opposition was hoping to win, at least, 14 state governments, a figure that progressively decreased as the electoral process reached its climax on Sunday.

PSUV Vice President Alberto Muller said that the ruling party will dominate the national geopolitical map, with a clear lead over their rivals in most of the cases.



Chavez slams Obama's 'very bad signals' to Iran

November 25, 2008

CARACAS - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a fierce critic of the United States, late Monday slammed "very bad signals" from U.S. president-elect Barack Obama that he said were "disrespectful" to Iran.

"Iranian President "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent him a letter. The reply wasn't good. It was disrespectful. Obama was unable to get away from the cliche. He spoke like (President George W.) Bush. They are very bad signs," Chavez said in a late night news conference to foreign journalists...

The United States is "the empire that kills, bombs and assassinates. If Obama can convert that infernal machine into a machine that benefits the world, I think that would be a lot to hope for," Chavez said...