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POLITICS: US Calls for Probe Into Venezuelan Recall Election

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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 06:39 PM
Despite Chavez announcing victory in the recent Venezuelan recall election, the US is not joining the international community in backing that claim. US officials are calling for an investigation into claims, made by sources within Chavez's opposition, that the vote contained a massive fraud. The State Department is reporting that even though the Organisation of American States performed a quick count that confirmed Venezuela's results, Washington is still not wholeheartedly accepting them.
THE US today declined to join international monitors in backing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's apparent victory in a recall election and called for a prompt, thorough and transparent probe into opposition claims of massive fraud.

While "noting" and praising the work of observers from former US president Jimmy Carter's Carter Centre and the Organisation of American States (OAS), the State Department said Washington was not yet ready to endorse a finding that Mr Chavez, a longtime US irritant, had prevailed in the vote.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

If the US believes that there is a major discrepancy between the actual voice of the people and the way the vote turned out, Washington probably won't hesitate much to become involved.

Many are noting that Venezuela is one of the world's largest exporters of oil and that Chavez has annoyed the Bush administration. It seems that the US may be looking for an excuse to "liberate" the people of Venezuela.

[edit on 8-16-2004 by Valhall]

posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 06:57 PM

The OAS did accept the result as well as Jimmy Carter's team. See:

Hugo Chavez Wins

posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 09:19 PM
Ok, thanks for the update gools. I misread the paragraph in the article :-)

posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 11:53 PM
i will ask the question do all nations national elections have monitors from other countries?? does the u.s. monitor all other nations election..looking for possible problems to call for a probe???? i geuss the AMERICA is the worlds police force. how do you think AMERICANS will react when the u.n. says there is a problem with an AMERICAN election and call for a probe, and want to put u.n. monitors at election booths and the u.n. wants to count the votes............
AMERICA putting its nose where it doesn't belong?
just a thought

posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 06:31 AM
Yeah well it's not like we have our own election problems or nothing.

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