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Hondurans Divided After Coup Backer Wins Presidential Election Boycotted by Zelaya Supporters
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 :The Obama administration is moving further away from its stated support for the reinstatement of the ousted President Manuel Zelaya. On Monday, the State Department praised this weekend's Honduran elections, which saw coup backer and wealthy landowner Porfirio Lobo emerge victorious with 55 percent of the vote. Zelaya's supporters boycotted the election, and many Latin American countries have refused to recognize its outcome.
But speaking in Washington, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela called the vote “a significant first step.”
The coup regime says turnout was relatively high at 62 percent, but independent estimates have put turnout at around 47 percent. Speaking in Portugal, Zelaya’s Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas said most Hondurans see the vote as illegitimate.
The Honduran Congress is scheduled to vote tomorrow on whether to accept a deal that would allow Zelaya to serve out the remainder of his term, which ends next month. Lawmakers are expected to reject the proposal, further complicating the prospects for resolving the Honduran political crisis.
For more I am joined here in Washington by Sergio Moncada. He is co-founder of the group Hondurans for Democracy.
And on the line with us from Honduras is Patricia Adams. She is co-coordinator of the Honduras Accompaniment Project for the Quixote Center, which organized an international human rights delegation to Honduras that arrived last week.
We are also joined by Andres Conteris, Program on the Americas director for Nonviolence International. He also works at Democracy Now! en Espanol.
Sergio Moncada, co-founder of Hondurans for Democracy.
Patricia Adams, co-coordinator of the Honduras Accompaniment Project for the Quixote Center.
Andres Conteris, Program on the Americas director for Nonviolence International. He also works at Democracy Now! en Espanol.