CARACAS — Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro said Washington was making a “grave mistake” in not acknowledging his victory in the controversial April 14 presidential election.
Maduro, 50, heir to the late leftist president Hugo Chavez, defeated opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, 40, by a razor-thin margin in the snap election to complete Chavez’s six-year term in office.
Capriles however has refused to concede defeat, claiming that the vote was riddled with irregularities.
In a May 3 interview with US Spanish-language network Univision, President Barack Obama refused to say whether Washington recognized Maduro as the winner of the April vote.
“I believe (the United States) is committing a grave mistake, one more in its policy towards Latin America,” Maduro said in an interview with the Caracas-based Telesur network.