White House backs request for a recount of the votes

The White House says a recount in Venezuela’s close election is necessary and prudent to ensure Venezuelans have confidence in the results.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday rushing to a decision in these circumstances would be inconsistent with the expectations of Venezuelans for a clear and democratic outcome.

Costa Rican officials has no such concerns. The foreign minister released a statement Monday morning congratulating the Venezuelan government and the people there for holding the election. It said it hoped the two countries would continue to deepen their friendship and cooperation.

Costa Rica gets a lot of its petroleum form Venezuela.

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