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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Situation in Venezuela

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

April 17, 2013


The United States congratulates the Venezuelan people for their participation in the April 14 presidential elections in a peaceful and orderly manner.  We call on the Venezuelan government to respect the rights of Venezuelan citizens to peaceful assembly and free speech.  We also urge everyone to refrain from violence and other measure that could raise tensions at this difficult moment.  The United States notes the acceptance by both candidates for an audit of the ballots and supports calls for a credible and transparent process to reassure the Venezuelan people regarding the results.  Such a process would contribute to political dialogue and help advance the country’s democracy.