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Venezuela's opposition celebrates landslide win in historic election
Venezuela's opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide, stunning the ruling party and altering the balance of power 17 years after the late Hugo Chavez kicked off the nation's socialist revolution.
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Opposition supporters celebrate the closing of a polling station during congressional elections in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Some members of the opposition are angry after elections officials ordered polling centers to stay open for an extra hour, even if no one was standing in line to vote. Government opponents mobbed some voting stations demanding that the National Guard stick to the original schedule of closing at 6 p.m. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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Opposition supporters celebrate in Caracas, Venezuela, early Monday Dec. 7, 2015. Venezuela's opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide on Sunday, delivering a major setback to the ruling party and altering the balance of power after 17 years of socialist rule.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Opposition supporters celebrate in Caracas, Venezuela, early Monday Dec. 7, 2015. Venezuela's opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide on Sunday, delivering a major setback to the ruling party and altering the balance of power after 17 years of socialist rule.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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Lilian Tintori wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, center, Freddy Guevara, of the Voluntad Popular party, right, and former opposition congresswoman Maria Corina Machado, left, celebrate in Caracas, Venezuela, early Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Venezuela's opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide on Sunday, delivering a major setback to the ruling party and altering the balance of power after 17 years of socialist rule.(AP Photo/ Alejandro Cegarra)
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Opposition supporters reacts as they learn the first official results of the legislative election in Caracas, Venezuela, early Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Venezuela's opposition has won control of the National Assembly by a landslide. Election officials say Venezuela's opposition won at least 99 seats in the incoming 167-seat National Assembly and the ruling socialist party 46(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Opposition supporters celebrate in Caracas, Venezuela, early Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Venezuela's opposition has won control of the National Assembly by a landslide. Election officials say Venezuela's opposition won at least 99 seats in the incoming 167-seat National Assembly and the ruling socialist party 46.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Opposition supporters celebrate in Caracas, Venezuela, early Monday Dec. 7, 2015. Venezuela's opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide on Sunday, delivering a major setback to the ruling party and altering the balance of power after 17 years of socialist rule.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Opposition leaders, from left to right, Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, Freddy Guevara, of the Voluntad Popular party, Jesus Torrealba, head of the Democratic Unity Movement (MUD) party and deputy Julio Borges celebrate in Caracas, Venezuela, early Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Venezuela's opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide on Sunday, delivering a major setback to the ruling party and altering the balance of power after 17 years of socialist rule.(AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)

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Opposition supporters celebrates the closing of a polling station during congressional elections in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Some members of the opposition are angry after elections officials ordered polling centers to stay open for an extra hour, even if no one was standing in line to vote. Government opponents mobbed some voting stations demanding that the National Guard stick to the original schedule of closing at 6 p.m. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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A pro-govermment supporter listens to a radio broadcast as she waits for the results of congressional elections at Plaza Bolivar, in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Venezuela's opposition has won control of the National Assembly by a landslide. Election officials say Venezuela's opposition won at least 99 seats in the incoming 167-seat National Assembly. The socialist party won 46. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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Voters wait in line to enter a polling station during congressional elections in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)

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Pro-government candidate Rodbexa Poleo, center, cheers with supporters outside of a polling station, during congressional elections in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Some members of the opposition are angry after elections officials ordered polling centers to stay open for an extra hour, even if no one was standing in line to vote. Government opponents mobbed some voting stations demanding that the National Guard stick to the original schedule of closing at 6 p.m. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)

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Pro-govermment supporters wait for results of the congressional elections at Plaza Bolivar, in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Leaders of Venezuela's opposition are saying they won a majority of seats in legislative elections ahead of the announcement of official results. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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El presidente Nicolás Maduro hace la señal de la victoria al llegar a votar acompañado del embajador venezolano en las Naciones Unidas, Rafael Ramírez, durante los comicios para elegir una nueva Asamblea Nacional. Caracas, domingo 06 de diciembre de 2015. Según las encuestas de intención de voto, la oposición aventaja por 30 puntos al oficialismo. (AP foto/Alejandro Cegarra)

Venezuela's opposition celebrates landslide win in historic election

Venezuela's opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide, stunning the ruling party and altering the balance of power 17 years after the late Hugo Chavez kicked off the nation's socialist revolution.

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