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EU Calls On Venezuelan Authorities To Consider Opposition Demand For Recount

European Union has demanded that the Venezuelan Opposition's appeals for audit of the votes polled in the presidential election are "duly considered by the competent authorities."

"It is important that the outcome of the vote can be accepted by all and that appeals are duly considered by the competent Venezuelan authorities," EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement on Wednesday.

The High Representative said she has been following closely events in Venezuela after the presidential election on Sunday. She expressed regret at the loss of lives in recent hours and called upon all parties to engage in peaceful dialog and reject violence.

Seven people died and more than 60 injured in clashes between protesters and police on Monday.

Henrique Capriles, who lost narrowly to Nicolas Maduro in the presidential election, has demanded a recount of votes.

Ashton said that while she commends the "high participation and the orderly and calm conduct of the election," she is concerned by the "growing polarization of Venezuelan society."

She said she takes note of the statements by representatives of both government and opposition on the need for an audit of the vote as well as the subsequent announcement by the national Electoral Commission of Maduro's election.

Ashton urged "all parties to engage constructively to promote good governance and transparency."

Capriles has called off a rally to demand a recount of the votes.

by RTT Staff Writer

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