by Stephen Lendman
Washington behind destabilizing Venezuela.
On April 14, Venezuelans elected Nicolas Maduro president. He won fair and square. It's official. A nationally televised Monday ceremony announced it.
Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles cried foul. He called Maduro "illegitimate." He refuses to recognize election results. He demands a recount. He wants "every vote" counted. National Electoral Council (CNE) president Tibisay Lucena responded.
A manual recount of all votes isn't needed to confirm accuracy, she said. Proper auditing checks were implemented. It's routine. They're done before, during and post-elections.
Over half the Sunday vote total was checked. She called doing so "a statistical proportion that in any part of the world (would be) considered excessive."
Fourteen audits were conducted. They assure a free, open and fair process. America takes no precautionary steps. Corporate-controlled electronic voting machines choose winners and losers.
People have no say. They get the best democracy money can buy. Venezuelans get the real thing. Not according to Capriles.
He "announced demands upon the Electoral Power since last night and has refused to recognize the results announced by this body," said Lucena.
"That is his decision, but in Venezuela a state of law exists which must be respected."
She warned that "harassment, threats or intimidation" won't be tolerated.
Maduro said opposition forces implemented a destabilizing strategy. He accused Capriles of calling for a coup d'etat.
"(I)n Venezuela, preparations are under way for an attempt to de-recognize democratic institutions," he explained.
He urged unity. He reached out to opposition supporters. He promised to advance Chavez's legacy.
He faces major challenges. They include crime, government inefficiency, inflation, corruption, a weak currency, overreliance on imports, making Venezuela less oil-dependent, maintaining economic growth, as well as countering internal and Washington-directed destabilizations schemes.