Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has still been the dominant figure throughout his country’s parliamentary election.
Seen as a referendum on his administration, the vote has not been an unqualified success for Chavez.
His Socialists may have maintained control of the National Assembly. But the indications are the opposition has made big gains – enough to block key reforms if it is so minded.
There are 97 pro-Chavez seats in the National Assembly – but at least 55 opposition.
Observers have spoken of a feeling of “dissatisfaction” among voters.
Issues like rising crime and the highest inflation rate in the Americas has left people hurting.
The results will boost the opposition’s hopes of toppling Chavez at the ballot box in two year’s time.