Dec 9, 2013
U.S. Seeks Confirmation of Venezuelan Election Outcome (Video)
Posted on Apr 18, 2013
The United States is inserting itself into Venezuelan politics again by questioning the victory of Hugo Chavez successor Nicolas Maduro and calling for a recount of the vote from Sunday’s closely fought election.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs that he had yet to decide whether the disputed result was legitimate.
“We think there ought to be a recount,” he said in reference to Venezuelan opposition demands for a full audit of the vote.
The interference is likely to enrage Latin American leftists. At least seven people have died in protests since the result was announced. Venezuela’s National Electoral Council declared Maduro the winner by 262,000 votes out of 14.9 million cast.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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