Chavez: In power since 1998
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has claimed victory after the release of results indicating he won a referendum on his rule.
But Mr Chavez' opponents - who mounted a sustained campaign to get the vote held - rejected the partial results as a fraud, insisting they had won.
Here are some of the responses so far to the outcome:
President Hugo Chavez
Venezuela has changed forever.
There is no turning back...
This has been a great victory for
the Venezuelan people.
Jesus Torrealba, opposition leader
This is impossible to swallow.
Henry Ramos Allup, leader of the Democratic
Co-ordinator coalition of opposition parties
We categorically and absolutely reject these results.
The National Elections Council has committed a gigantic fraud...
For Venezuela, for the people, for the huge number of men
and women who risking it all, believed in the democratic and
electoral system, we have to continue this
Those of us who continue believing in the
constitutional, peaceful, democratic and electoral solution,
in spite of everything, not even fraud and gross
manipulation such as these will make us give up a single
inch of our convictions.
Long live the people, long live
Venezuela, the struggle goes on.
Former US President Jimmy Carter, who helped monitor the
More than 10 million people voted and there is a clear difference in favour of the government of President Chavez.
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe
A beautiful lesson in democracy.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's Workers' Party
Venezuela's democratic process strengthens South America's democratic integration.
Argentine Foreign Minister Rafael Bielsa
I just wish the post-referendum period would be marked by the
same level of civility as the balloting itself.
US State department spokesman
We note the OAS and Carter Center announcement that their quick count was consistent with the National Electoral Council's preliminary results.
We also note their offer to work with the opposition to conduct
a full audit of the results and to examine any concerns that have
We encourage the National Electoral Council to allow a transparent audit to address any concerns and assure Venezuelan citizens that the referendum was free and fair.
I don't have anything at this point that I can point to that would talk about a broader pattern or problem of abuse.
EU executive spokeswoman
We are happy to see that so many Venezuelans wanted to
participate in the democratic process.