Brazil Reaffirms Support for Venezuela's Election Results
    2013-04-18 08:17:24     Xinhua       Web Editor: Liu Ranran

Brazil's Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota Wednesday reaffirmed his country's support for Venezuela's presidential election results, whose close count has sparked controversy.

"We respect Venezuela's sovereignty," he said, adding that an eventual full recount of votes is an internal matter for the country.

U.S. representative to the UN Susan Rice, who had a meeting with Patriota earlier in the day, said her country is in favor of a full recount.

"President Obama is interested in the recount of 100 percent of votes, so that we can be sure that all Venezuelans can accept the result," Rice said.

During the elections held Sunday, interim president Nicolas Maduro beat opposition candidate Henrique Capriles by a mere 1.5 percentage points, or some 272,000 votes.

Capriles has not acknowledged defeat and is demanding a full recount.

According to Capriles, there were several irregularities in the election process.

Venezuela's National Electoral Council, however, has confirmed Maduro's victory, and the South American Union (Unasur), which sent representatives to monitor the elections, said the council's decision should be upheld.

Earlier in the week, Patriota had already conveyed Brazil's support for Unasur's stance on the election results and expressed his hope that the political conflicts in Venezuela, which have already resulted in seven deaths, will cease.

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