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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The presidential election in Venezuela that concluded on Sunday was not free or fair, US Vice President Michael Pence said in a statement.

    "Venezuela’s election was a sham, neither free nor fair. The illegitimate result of this fake process is a further blow to the proud democratic tradition of Venezuela. The United States will not sit idly by as Venezuela crumbles and the misery of their brave people continues…The Maduro regime must allow humanitarian aid into Venezuela and must allow its people to be heard," Pence said.

    The US top official went on saying that the Maduro government must allow humanitarian aid into the country "and must allow its people to be heard."

    Venezuelan Election

    Venezuelan officials have named socialist leader Nicolas Maduro the winner of the presidential election on May 20. Maduro's main rival has brought questions about the legitimacy of the vote and called for new balloting.

    READ MORE: Nicolas Maduro Wins Venezuelan Presidential Election — Preliminary Data

    Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez stated that Maduro's victory was of "epic proportions" and proclaimed it "the biggest victory" by a candidate in Venezuela's history.

    According to the National Election Council, Maduro won 4 million votes more than independent challenger Henri Falcon.

    About 6 million votes or 92.6% for Maduro is a bigger percentage win than any other candidate since Venezuela's 1958 election following the overthrow of dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez.


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