The American government is unwilling to recognise the recently elected Nicolas Maduro as the new president of Venezuela, who was elected earlier this week – https://digestiblepolitics.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/nicolas-maduro-wins-election-in-venezuela/. John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, said that due to the controversy over the results he believed a recount of the votes would be necessary.
Henrique Capriles, Maduro’s challenger for the presidency, had originally requested a recount of the votes after he believed that Maduro had illegally won the election. However, thus far, the Venezuelan National Electoral Council has refused to allow a recount with the Supreme Court agreeing that there was no legal basis for it. Maduro, as a result, has accused Washington of interfering with Venezuela affairs. Similarly, the ex-president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, accused the US of imperialism when he was alive.
Thanks for reading this brief update on the Venezuelan election,