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EU says Venezuela poll appeals should be studied


The EU said Wednesday it had taken note of ruling party candidate Nicolas Maduro's election win in Venezuela, and said appeals by his rival which have sparked deadly violence, should be examined.

The bloc's top foreign affairs official Catherine Ashton urged political parties to "engage constructively" to promote good governance and transparency, raising concerns over a post-Hugo Chavez "polarisation" in the oil-rich South American state.

"I take 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 Mr Maduro's election," she said in a statement.

"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."

Maduro -- Chavez' handpicked successor -- won the vote by just under two percentage points. Poll loser Henrique Capriles wants a full recount, alleging irregularities.

Seven people died in deadly demonstrations following the announcement on Monday, mainly in big cities where Capriles did well.

"I regret the loss of life in recent hours and call upon all parties to engage in peaceful dialogue and reject violence," Ashton said.