The White House is calling into question
the results of the Venezuelan presidential election, which awarded the honor to Hugo Chavez successor Nicolas Maduro.
"We congratulate the Venezuelan people for their...participation in this electoral process," said White House spokesman Jay Carney of the extremely close election that saw Maduro rival Henrique Capriles lose by only 1.6 percentage points. "Given the tightness of the result...the opposition candidate and at least one member of the electoral council have called for a 100% audit of the results; this appears an important, prudent, and necessary step."
"We are not going to recognize a result until each vote of Venezuelans is counted," stated Capriles, who has "vowed" to contest the outcome.
Maduro, for his part, is welcoming a recount of the election that was not (purportedly) won as handily as Chavez's own contest with Capriles last October, which saw the late leader take a massive 9 point lead.
"Let them open 100% of the ballot boxes," said
Maduro, who by all accounts appears confident in his win. "Mission accomplished, Commander Chavez."
Via the Hill and CNN