Venezuela’s opposition has won control of the National Assembly by a landslide, delivering a major setback to the once ruling socialists.
A total of 19.4 million Venezuelans were eligible to vote. The electoral commission recorded a turnout of 74.25 percent, RT reports.
“The results are as expected! Venezuela won! Humility, serenity, maturity enabled the people to decide!” Opposition leader Henrique Capriles tweeted.
Los resultados son los esperados!Ganó Venezuela!Irreversible!Con mucha humildad,serenidad,madurez,asumamos lo q el Pueblo decidió!
— Henrique Capriles R. (@hcapriles) December 7, 2015
It is the first time in 15 years that anti-Chavez parties have won a majority in the legislature, which comprises 167 deputies.
The streets of Caracas broke out in shouts of joy and fireworks after National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena announced the partial results after midnight.
Opposition leaders earlier claimed they had won but gave no indication of how large of a majority they would have.