April 18, 2013 - 19:41 AMT
U.S. refuses to recognize Maduro’s presidential win in Venezuela polls

The US government is refusing to recognise Venezuela's President-elect Nicolas Maduro's victory in disputed elections in Venezuela, BBC News reported.

Secretary of State John Kerry said the US was not yet ready to validate the results of Sunday April 14 poll.

Maduro's narrow victory has been challenged by the opposition leader, Henrique Capriles. Capriles is insisting on a vote-by-vote recount and has now submitted a formal request for one.

However, the National Electoral Council in Venezuela has so far refused to order one, and the Supreme Court said on Wednesday that there was no legal basis for it.

The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) has called an emergency meeting for Thursday to discuss the situation in Venezuela.

Unasur members Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru have already recognised the election results.

Washington has not, and Kerry on Wednesday told members of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee that "if there are huge irregularities we are going to have serious questions about the viability of that government".

Maduro responded by accusing Washington of interfering in Venezuela's internal affairs.