Obama Refuses to Recognize Venezuela President

Obama Refused to Recognize Nicolas Maduro as "Legitimate" President of Venezuela
3:00 | 05/06/13

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That's the US recognizing -- -- -- as a legitimate president and -- our general view has been. That it's up to the people of Venezuela to choose their leaders and legitimate elections. And that. Our approach. To the entire premise is not ideological it's not -- back in. The Cold War it's based on the notion of our basic principles of human rights and democracy and freedom of the press freedom of assembly are those being observed. There are reports. That they have not been fully observed post election. And no I think our only interest at this point is making sure that -- -- people of Venezuela. Are able to determine their own -- Free from. The kinds of practices that the entire hemisphere are generally has moved away from and one of the great stories. Of central and South America one of the great stories of progress economically. Is rooted in the fact that we've seen this enormous shift towards democracy. Towards freedom. You're seeing it here in Mexico where we just have a peaceful transition. Between parties after an election you're seeing it in Colombia and -- In through. And -- I think that what the Venezuelan people want is basically wrote several --

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