The FINANCIAL — CARACAS, President Hugo Chavez's United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) has triumphed in the majority of states in nationwide polls to elect mayors and governors, election officials said on November 24.
The PSUV won in 17 out of the OPEC country's 22 states. Their opponents took the capital, Caracas, and two of the most populous states.
While a convincing victory, the result is somewhat worse for Chavez than the 2004 polls, when his allies triumphed in all but two states.
More than 65% of the electorate took part in the ballot, election officials added, a high turnout for a country where participation in polls rarely exceeds 50%.