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
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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]