Estados Unidos se expresó el lunes a favor de un recuento total de los votos tras los comicios presidenciales de la víspera en Venezuela, una medida que la Casa Blanca consideró como "importante, prudente y necesaria".


El portavoz de la Casa Blanca Jay Carney dijo en conferencia de prensa que "apresurarse a una decisión en estas circunstancias sería inconsistente con las expectativas de los venezolanos por un resultado claro y democrático".


Las autoridades electorales anunciaron la victoria de Nicolás Maduro, el heredero elegido por Hugo Chávez, por 235.000 votos o 1,59 puntos porcentuales, por lo que su contrincante opositor Henrique Capriles condicionó reconocer el resultado a un recuento total de los votos.


Maduro dijo que no tenía problemas en que se vuelvan a contar los votos.


El Consejo Nacional Electoral anunció que el lunes por la tarde prevé proclamar al triunfador de la elección, un trámite legal en que el ganador recibe un diploma.


Patrick Vendrell, el portavoz del Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos, expresó el interés de que "el reconteo se complete antes de cualquier paso adicional, incluyendo la certificación oficial de los resultados".


El secretario general de la OEA José Miguel Insulza se declaró a favor de realizar un recuento total y puso a la orden el equipo técnico de su organización.


El gobierno venezolano no invitó a la OEA ni otros organismos internacionales a enviar una misión de observadores internacionales, así que Insulza envió solamente como enviado especial al ex gobernador del estado de Nuevo México, Bill Richardson, para presenciar los comicios presidenciales de la víspera.


Una de las primeras legisladoras estadounidenses en pronunciarse sobre los comicios venezolanos fue la republicana Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, de origen cubano, quien exhortó al gobierno estadounidense a desconocer los resultados "hasta que se haga una revisión abierta y transparente de los votos".


Venezuela y Estados Unidos adolecen de embajadores desde 2010, pero el intercambio comercial entre ambos países se ha mantenido pese a que las relaciones se han vuelto tensas desde que Chávez asumió el poder en 1999.


Carl Meacham, director del programa de las Américas en el Centro para Estudios Internacionales y estratégicos (CSIS por sus siglas en inglés) calificó la coyuntura actual venezolana como el "peor resultado" posible.


"Deja a Maduro débil en el frente económico, en cuanto a estabilidad política y dentro de su coalición ¿Podrá Maduro gobernar? La vida cotidiana de los venezolanos se afectará si no está claro el ganador. El país está muy dividido", dijo a AP vía telefónica. "Lo que no se sabe es cómo va a reaccionar la comunidad internacional".

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  • Henrique Capriles

    Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles kisses his ballot before placing it in the box during the presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Capriles is running for president against Nicolas Maduro, the hand picked successor of late President Hugo Chavez. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

  • Henrique Capriles

    Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles shows his inked finger which was marked after casting his ballot in the presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Capriles is running for president against Nicolas Maduro, the hand picked successor of late President Hugo Chavez. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

  • Nicolas Maduro

    Venezuela's interim President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters as he arrives to cast his ballot in the presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Maduro, who served as the late President Hugo Chavez's foreign minister and vice president, is running against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)

  • Henrique Capriles

    Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles gestures from behind a voting booth as he casts his ballot in the presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Capriles is running for president against Nicolas Maduro, the hand picked successor of late President Hugo Chavez. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

  • Henrique Capriles

    Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles gestures to a statue of the Virgin Mary before casting his ballot for the presidential election at a polling station in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Capriles is running for president against Nicolas Maduro, the hand picked successor of late President Hugo Chavez. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

  • Henrique Capriles

    Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles waves as he arrives to a polling station to vote in the presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Capriles is running for president against Nicolas Maduro, the hand picked successor of late President Hugo Chavez. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

  • Nicolas Maduro

    Venezuela's interim President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters as he arrives to cast his ballot in the presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Maduro, who served as late President Hugo Chavez's foreign minister and vice president, is running against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)

  • Henrique Capriles

    Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles kisses his ballot as he votes in the presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Capriles is running for president against Nicolas Maduro, the hand picked successor of late President Hugo Chavez. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

  • Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles kisses his ballot before voting at a polling station as voters take pictures of him in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Capriles is running for president against Nicolas Maduro, the hand picked successor of late President Hugo Chavez. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

  • Henrique Capriles

    Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles shows his ballot as he votes in the presidential election at a polling station in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Capriles is running for president against Nicolas Maduro, the hand picked successor of late President Hugo Chavez. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

  • Henrique Capriles

    Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles gestures from behind the voting booth as he votes in the presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Capriles is running for president against Nicolas Maduro, the hand picked successor of late President Hugo Chavez. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

  • Nicolas Maduro

    Venezuela's interim President Nicolas Maduro gestures before placing his ballot in a box during the presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Maduro, who served as late President Hugo Chavez's foreign minister and vice president, is running against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

  • Nicolas Maduro

    Venezuela's interim President Nicolas Maduro stands behind the voting booth as he votes in the presidential election at a polling station in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Maduro, who served as late President Hugo Chavez's foreign minister and vice president, is running against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

  • Nicolas Maduro

    Venezuela's interim President Nicolas Maduro gestures before placing his ballot in a box during the presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Maduro, who served as late President Hugo Chavez's foreign minister and vice president, is running against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

  • Henrique Capriles

    Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles gestures from behind the voting booth as he casts his ballot in the presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Capriles is running for president against Nicolas Maduro, the hand picked successor of late President Hugo Chavez. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

  • Venezuela's interim President Nicolas Maduro places his ballot in a box during the presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Voters were deciding Sunday whether to elect Maduro, who served as late President Hugo Chavez's foreign minister and vice president, or opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, in a special presidential election to replace Chavez who died of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)