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Re-elected Chavez reaches out to defeated Capriles

Published on Oct 9, 2012 6:04 AM
 
Fresh from his re-election as Venezuela's president, Mr Hugo Chavez (left) held on Monday what he called friendly talks with his defeated challenger Henrique Capriles (right), calling for national unity. -- PHOTO: REUTERS/ AP

CARACAS (AFP) - Fresh from his re-election as Venezuela's president, Mr Hugo Chavez held on Monday what he called friendly talks with his defeated challenger Henrique Capriles, calling for national unity.

"Believe me: I had a friendly phone chat with Henrique Capriles!" Mr Chavez wrote on Twitter. "I invited him to work for national unity, respecting our differences!"

A short time later, a less effusive Mr Capriles wrote: "I received a phone call from President Chavez. In the name of more than 6,500,000 Venezuelans I made a call for national unity and respect for everyone," he wrote.

The Venezuelan leader had on Sunday vowed to work with his opponents, telling thousands of cheering supporters from the balcony of his presidential residence: "I want to include everybody, including sectors of the opposition.

 
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