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Tensions ease in Colombia elections as parties acknowledge legitimacy of polls

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Tensions in Colombia's elections began to ease Tuesday after most political parties expressed confidence in the vote count for the Senate and the national registrar, Alexander Vega, backed away from his proposal Monday to recount the votes in the face of doubts.

The majority of parties chose to accept the recount, which gave the left nearly 400,000 more votes than had originally been announced on March 13, the day of the general election, which served to quell the protests of those who spoke of "fraud" or even a "coup d'état."

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