Allies of leftist President Hugo Chavez defended the election win that gave them complete control of congress, as both the U.S. government and the opposition questioned the legitimacy of the vote that threatened to further polarize Venezuelan society. The main opposition parties had boycotted Sunday's congressional elections, and on Monday their representatives said the 25 percent turnout reflected the widespread distrust of an electoral process that gave Chavez allies all 167 seats in the National Assembly
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More than 3,500 people were detained during unprecedented mass protests that swept across all of Russia in support of Alexey Navalny on January 23