Opposition wins by a landslide in Venezuelan elections
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Opposition wins by a landslide in Venezuelan elections

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.

It is the first time in 15 years that anti-Chavez parties have won a majority in the legislature, which comprises 167 deputies.

Gracias!Parte de nuestros voluntarios!Que viva Venezuela!Que orgullo ser venezolano!

Posted by Henrique Capriles Radonski on Sunday, 6 December 2015

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.

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