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Venezuela to audit presidential vote


Venezuela's National Electoral Council said Thursday it would audit votes cast in weekend presidential elections after an opposition challenge to the victory accorded President-elect Nicolas Maduro.

Council president Tibisay Lucena said the expanded audit would encompass all the ballot boxes not reviewed on election day, with about two-thirds of them selected as a random sample.

"Under no circumstance should this be interpreted as a vote count of any kind," she said.

Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles immediately went on television and said his campaign accepted the decision of the election council, thereby defusing for now a standoff with Maduro, who is to be inaugurated as president Friday.