The political party of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is claiming to have won the majority of seats in the country´s Parliament following legislative elections.
If confirmed, the win would give the MVR party the necessary majority it needs to press for what they call necessary constitutional reforms, including allowing Chavez to stand for a third term as President. The National Electoral Council still has to provide final results of the poll. The elections were boycotted by the main opposition parties. They have accused the electoral authorities of favouring the populist leader and manipulating electronic voting machines. Previously, they had agreed to participate after negotiations with the Organisation of American States, which is monitoring the election.
The opposition says the elections are not legitimate, given that 75 percent of those in the country who could vote did not.