US Refuses to Recognize Venezuelan President-Elect Nicolas Maduro

Venezuelan interim President Nicolas Maduro won Sunday’s presidential election. Many, including opponent Henrique Capriles and United States Secretary of State John Kerry, are calling for a recount of the votes. (Google Images)

The BBC is reporting that the United States government has not accepted the victory of Nicolas Maduro over opponent Henrique Capriles in the Venezuelan presidential election on Sunday. The Venezuelan National Electoral Council and Supreme Court both continue to refuse the recount of votes that Carpiles has been calling for since the results were announced. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that he supports a recount.

The BBC writes:

“Obviously, if there are huge irregularities we are going to have serious questions about the viability of that government,” [Mr. Kerry] told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Mr Maduro responded by accusing Washington of interfering in Venezuela’s internal affairs.

He insisted: “We don’t care about your recognition.

“We have chosen to be free, and we are going to be free with or without you.”

He added: “The US intervention in Venezuela in recent months, and particularly during the election campaign, has been brutal, vulgar.”

Read more at BBC.

This news brief was written by Kaitlin Higgins, editorial assistant for The Burton Wire.

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