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Honduras Coup - Day 157 - December 01, 2009

  • Honduras: did abstention win the vote?
    By : December 01, 2009
    At about 10 PM on Nov. 29, Honduras' Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) announced at a press conference that Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo Sosa of the center-right National Party (PN) had won the presidency in the general elections held that day; Hondurans also voted for deputies to the National Congress and the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN) and for members of the nation's municipal governments. With 8,682 ballot boxes counted, about 60% of the total, Lobo had won 52.29% of the votes, while his main rival, Elvin Santos of the badly divided Liberal Party (PL, also center-right), trailed with 35.74%. The remaining three candidates got less than 3% each; more than 6% of the votes were blank or invalid. The TSE projected that the turnout was 61.3% of the voting population, about six percentage points higher than in the 2005 elections.

  • Brazil's president not to meet Honduran president-elect
    By : December 01, 2009
    Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva reaffirmed on Tuesday that he will not agree to have any conversations with Honduras' president-elect Porfirio Lobo and that his country will not recognize the new government. The Brazilian president made the statement in Portugal where he was participating in the 19th Ibero-American Summit.

  • Zelaya calls for Latin America leaders to reject polls
    By : December 01, 2009
    Deposed Honduras President Manuel Zelaya sent a letter to divided Latin American leaders Tuesday asking them to reject elections held under the regime that backed his June 28 ouster. "I ask you not to recognize the electoral fraud and for your cooperation so that this military coup does not go unpunished," Zelaya said in a letter released from the Brazilian Embassy, where he is holed up under threat of arrest.

  • The World According to Arturo Valenzuela
    – State Dept. Briefing 11/30

    By : December 01, 2009
    Yesterday, Valenzuela gave a press briefing on the Honduras elections. He stepped in it a couple of times. First, he called the Honduran coup a "military coup" TWICE! And, then he raised the 1991 coup in Haiti saying that President Aristide was taken out of the country at gunpoint and that nothing like that has happened until the Honduran coup. Au contraire. If I was Arturo, I would not raise the issue of Haiti unless someone had a gun to my head. President Aristide was kidnapped from Haiti in 2004 by the former US Deputy Ambassador, Luis Moreno, and about 40 US Special Forces personnel as part of a US, French, Canadian orchestrated coup. Here is a link to the transcript of the briefing and also a video.

  • Few voters turn out for sham elections
    By Jackie McVicar - : December 01, 2009
    After a long bus ride back from the north eastern part of the country and the department of Colon, we arrived in the capital today just in time to join a massive caravan organized by the Popular Resistance Front. Like the other demonstrations held since the coup d'etat on June 28, the mobilization winded through the "barrios", the neighbourhoods in Tegucigalpa where supporters left their homes to show their support.

  • Venezuela Compares Obama to Nixon, Reagan, After Honduras Vote
    By : December 01, 2009
    Venezuela said U.S. President Barack Obama, after recognizing Honduran election results, joins earlier presidents who had "violent relations" with the continent such as Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. / Venezuela's Foreign Ministry reiterated it won't recognize the "farce" elections in Honduras on Nov. 29, and condemned other governments in the region that have done so, including Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica.

  • More on recognition in Honduras
    By : December 01, 2009
    It appears that a broad demand by countries that opposed the coup is to accept Mel Zelaya's brief reinstatement before Pepe Lobo takes office. From the Ibero-American Summit:
    "They consider that the reinstatement of President Manuel Zelaya to the position that he was democratically elected for, until his term ends, is a fundamental step for a return to constitutional normality in Honduras," the statement said.

  • Hondurans Divided After Coup Backer Wins Presidential Election Boycotted by Zelaya Supporters
    By : December 01, 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.

  • On recognition and Brazil
    By : December 01, 2009
    As the vote count continues, with the official report of the final count now delayed until December 29, the question of recognition of the election faces those countries that said they would not do so, as well as those that said they would. The US continues to express its position in the murkiest of language. Brazil, in contrast, is crystal clear, yet today we see others suggesting a softening of the Brazilian position. The stated Brazilian position remains that voting this Sunday was conducted under conditions that make it impossible to recognize the results, and that the restoral of the constitutional government illegally overthrown June 28 is non-negotiable.

  • Honduran Resistance to Ignore Next Government
    By : December 01, 2009
    The National Front against the Coup d'Etat in Honduras stated that it will ignore the government that will take office in January and continue fighting until the country has restituted constitutional order.

  • Live from Honduras: Electoral Observations by Belen Fernandez
    By : December 01, 2009
    On the evening of November 29, the Honduran Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) announced that a technical error had impeded the "second verification of data" in the tallying of the day's election results. The error had occurred despite repeated TSE claims that the efficiency of its tallying process would enable Honduras and the world to become acquainted with the country's next president within hours of the closing of the polls; not explained was the reason for urgency, as Honduras and the world already had two Honduran presidents to keep track of—one elected (Mel Zelaya) and the other the product of the June 28 coup (Roberto Micheletti).

  • Manuel Zelaya attacks 'fraudulent' Honduras election
    By : December 01, 2009
    Deposed Honduran president Manuel Zelaya says the election of Porfirio Lobo as the next president has served only to intensify the political crisis. reserves the right to publish your email responses in whole or part. If you are responding to a particular article, include the title and link to the article. If you would like your name withheld from publication, state this in your submission and supply a nom de plume

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