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CARACAS, Tuesday April 16, 2013 | Update
 
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ELECTION 2013

US does not understand haste in proclamation of Maduro

US State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said that the US recognizes people's right to stage peaceful demonstrations, but stated, ""Violence has no place in a democratic electoral process"

Nicolás Maduro was proclaimed as Venezuelan president less than 24 hours after the results of the presidential elections were announced (AP)
EL UNIVERSAL
Tuesday April 16, 2013  04:06 PM
The US government said on Tuesday that it does not understand why Nicolás Maduro was proclaimed as Venezuelan president so quickly, without conducting a recount of votes as requested by the opposition.

Additionally, Washington said it was not ready to issue a statement on the results of the presidential election held in Venezuela on April 14.

Likewise, the US urged "all Venezuelans to refrain from violence at this time," US State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said following the death of seven people during demonstrations taking place in Venezuela, AFP reported.

When asked whether Washington was ready to congratulate Maduro, Ventrell replied that the US was not ready yet.

The US official also said that his country recognizes people's right to stage peaceful demonstrations, but stated, ""Violence has no place in a democratic electoral process."

When asked about the next step Washington would take, Venttrell replied, "We'll be absolutely in consultation with the OAS, the EU, regional partners, and we continue to believe that resolving the voting irregularities and the calls for a recount would do much to ensure that the Venezuelan people feel included in the process and that their democratic aspirations are being met."
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