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Venezuela's opposition poll victory

Monday, December 07, 2015 - 00:48

Venezuela's opposition has won control of the legislature for the first time in 16 years. Rough cut - subtitled (no reporter narration).

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Venezuela's opposition trounced the ruling Socialists on Sunday (December 6) to win the legislature for the first time in 16 years and gain a long-sought platform to challenge President Nicolas Maduro's rule of the OPEC nation. The opposition Democratic Unity coalition won 99 seats to the Socialists' 46 in the 167-national National Assembly, the election board said, with some districts still to be counted. Maduro, 53, quickly acknowledged the defeat, the worst for the ruling "Chavismo" movement since its founder Hugo Chavez took power in 1999. His quick acceptance of the results eased tensions in the volatile nation where the last presidential election in 2013, narrowly won by Maduro, was bitterly disputed and anti-government protests last year led to 43 deaths. Opposition leaders, who have lost over-and-over since Chavez's first election victory 17 years ago, were jubilant, even though their victory was mainly thanks to public disgust at Venezuela's deep economic recession.

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Venezuela's opposition poll victory

Monday, December 07, 2015 - 00:48