A triumphant Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, has hailed his "perfect" victory in the country's presidential election, extending a hand to the opposition as he called for national unity in the divided nation.
Addressing thousands of cheering supporters from the balcony of his Miraflores presidential residence on Monday, Chavez sang the national anthem and vowed to be a better president after defeating rival Henrique Capriles.
"Viva Venezuela! Viva the fatherland!" exulted the leftist leader, who won a new six-year term after almost 14 years in power. "The battle was perfect and the victory was perfect."
Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman reports from Caracas.