The information gathered by an electoral team he led "coincided with the partial returns announced today by the National Elections Council," said Former US President Jimmy Carter Carter in news conference on Aug. 17, 2004.(Xinhua/AFP Photo)
CARACAS, Aug. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Former US President
Jimmy Carter and the head of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Monday
backed the results of Venezuela's recall referendum that President Hugo Chavez
The information gathered by an electoral
team he led "coincided with the partial returns announced today by the National
Elections Council," said Carter, one of the top election observers, in a
joint news conference with OAS Secretary-General Cesar Gaviria.
The announcement appeared to deflate opposition
claims of widespread fraud in the voting that began Sunday and ended early
The National Elections Council earlier announced its
tally with94 percent of the vote counted, showing Chavez surviving by a
widemargin the opposition's effort to unseat him.
The opposition, meanwhile, denounced the official
results, which gave 58 percent vote to Chavez, as fraudulent.
Opposition leader also called for a massive protest
later Monday in Caracas. Enditem