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In pictures: Venezuelans vote

Chavez supporters cheer their president

Chavez supporters celebrated the victory of their president, who now has a mandate to rule for a further six years.

Mr Chavez appears with aides on the balcony of the presidential palace

Claiming victory, Mr Chavez told supporters Venezuela was firmly on track to socialism.

Man voting

The people of Venezuela went to the polls on Sunday to vote in presidential elections.

Woman registering to vote

The country has 16 million people eligible to vote.

Woman reading paper near queue

"Everybody to vote" is what the headline in the newspaper reads.

Woman carrying baby near queue

And the media predictions rang true as long queues formed outside polling stations from dawn onwards.

Soldiers waiting to vote

Soldiers had to wait their turn to cast their ballots.

Voter being fingerprinted

Every voter was fingerprinted to verify their identity

Hugo Chavez voting

Mr Chavez arrived at the polling station in a red Volkswagen Beetle.

Manuel Rosales being greeted by supporters

His main challenger, Manuel Rosales, was greeted like a pop star when he went to vote but ultimately conceded defeat.

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