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Monday, August 16, 2004

Buahies not going to accept Venezuela result easily

From the Australian:
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.

"We note the OAS and Carter Centre announcement that their quick count was consistent with the National Electoral Council's preliminary results," said Tom Casey, a department spokesman.

"We also note their offer to work with the Opposition to conduct a full audit of the results and to examine any concerns that have arisen.

"We encourage the National Electoral Council to allow a transparent audit to address any concerns and assure Venezuelan citizens that the referendum was free and fair."
Just like Florida 2000?