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Venezuela’s opposition wins parliamentary polls for first time in years

December 07, 2015, 8:55 UTC+3 MEXICO CITY
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said in his address to the nation he has acknowledged the outcome of the parliamentary polls
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MEXICO CITY, December 7. /TASS/. The opposition Democratic Unity is winning Sunday’s elections to Venezuela’s parliament, the National Assembly, according to the first results of the vote released on Monday by the country’s National Electoral Council.

The opposition alliance gained 99 seats in the parliament, while the United Socialist party won 46 seats. As many as 19.4 million people were eligible to vote in the elections, and the voter turnout was 74.25%

This the first time in 15 years the political opponents of late President Hugo Chavez’s supporters win the majority in Venezuela’s 167-seat legislature.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said in his address to the nation he has acknowledged the outcome of the parliamentary polls.

The elected candidates will serve a five-year term starting from January 2016.

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