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Author Topic: U.S. and some allies at odds over Honduras presidential election  (Read 1063 times)
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« on: December 01, 2009, 09:40:45 AM »

this is an improvement over the initial US position, which seemed to have a fetishistic attachment to the wanna-be tinhorn dictator zelaya.  overall, this is a good result.  the honduran government used constitutional means (well, right up to the moment they flew him out of the country at gunpoint, but why quibble over such a minor point?) to stop zelaya from repeating in honduras what chavez has done in venuzuala, and then effectively stalled until the scheduled elections could take place.

in this case, it's all's well that ends well.

U.S. and some allies at odds over Honduras presidential election

TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS -- The United States split with some of its Latin American allies Monday over whether to recognize the results of Honduras's presidential election, with Washington commending the balloting but Brazil saying the vote will not erase the stain of a coup.

The winner, Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo, a conservative businessman, has promised to promote reconciliation in this impoverished country, which was thrown into turmoil when the military exiled President Manuel Zelaya on June 28.

But many Hondurans consider it unlikely that their internationally recognized president will be allowed to serve out the remainder of his term, which ends in January. Zelaya's return had been the goal of an aggressive campaign by the U.S. government and the rest of the hemisphere. But Honduran and U.S. officials concede that the Honduran congress is likely to vote Wednesday against reinstating Zelaya, who had alarmed many here by embracing Venezuela's anti-American president, Hugo Chávez.

Lobo is hoping Sunday's election -- scheduled long before Zelaya's ouster -- will help end a crisis that has isolated Honduras internationally and cost it millions of dollars in lost aid and revenue.


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