Moscow sees elections in Venezuela as meeting all democratic standards

The recent presidential elections in Venezuela were democratic and showed that most of the people support the course pursued by incumbent President Hugo Chavez, who was reelected, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.

"The elections passed in a calm atmosphere, with all democratic norms and procedures observed," Lukashevich told Interfax on Wednesday.

"Their results come as a sign of the country's broad support for Chavez's course toward strengthening national sovereignty and political stability," he said.

The leaders of the Venezuelan opposition have not questioned the election outcome, he said.

The presidential elections in Venezuela were held on Sunday. The National Election Council announced on Monday that Chavez garnered about 55 percent of the vote.

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