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Venezuela approves constitutional amendment with 54.36% of the vote

With 54.36% of the vote, the "Yes" vote won the referendum held on Sunday in Venezuela, according to the first official results released with 94.2% of the vote counted.

The announcement was made by Tibisay Lucena, President of the National Electoral Council (CNE), in a press conference at 9:35 p.m. on Sunday night.

17 million citizens registered in the CNE had the opportunity to exercise their vote in this referendum for a constitutional amendment

On February 15th, Venezuelans, displaying the civic-mindedness and democratic mood which characterizes them, underwent a historic electoral process.

The amendment would edit five Articles of the Constitution to lift term limits that prevent the people from reelecting officials who have met their expectations.

Radio Nacional de Venezuela, Prensa Embajada de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela/ 15 de febrero de 2009

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