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Venezuela's ruling party wins majority of regional governorship elections

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The ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won 17 of Venezuela's 23 regional governorship elections on Sunday, but the opposition party refused to recognized the results.




Tibisay Lucena, the CNE president, said the turnout is around 61.14 percent and the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) obtained five governorships, with the result of one more state to be announced.

Lucena congratulated all the Venezuelan electorates for their participation in the elections, which he considered to have one of the highest voter turnouts in recent years.

"Our differences are solved through votes and our country's fate is determined through the elections," said Lucena.

"I recognize the result of the elections in all the announcements made by the CNE," said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, "Venezuela has won the truth today."

"Now I reach out my hand to the five governors of the opposition to work for their regions," said Maduro.

According to the CNE, the MUD won the governorship of the four states of Anzoategui, Merida, Tachira, Zulia and the island state of Nueva Esparta.

After ensuring that his government has "full faith in the transparency of the electoral system," Maduro asked the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) to order an audit of the entire electoral process and all the ballots cast.


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