Honduras: effects of the June 28th coup
By Michaela D'Ambrosio - scoop.co.nz : December 07, 2009
Whether one sides with the ousted President Manuel Zelaya or with the interim leader Roberto Micheletti, there is no denying the devastating impact of the June 28 anti-Zelaya coup d'etat on the Honduran economy. With the November 29 election of Porfirio 'Pepe' Lobo of the conservative Partido Nacional, backers of the status quo hope that Honduras can resolve its conflicts and begin a new path to economic recovery. However, even with Micheletti briefly stepping down during the election period to add much needed validity to the process, the legitimacy of the ballot and the integrity of Lobo are both ruinously compromised as the elections were held without Zelaya's participation and thus carried out under an unlawful framework.
"Honduran Elections": A Parody on Democracy
By Laura Carlsen - americas.irc-online.org : December 07, 2009
"Honduran elections" tells the story of a poor nation rocked by a military coup d'etat and occupied by its own armed forces. The contrived plot then attempts to convince the viewer that the same forces that carried out the coup—kidnapping the elected president and launching a wave of bloody repression—are now carrying out "free and fair elections" to restore democracy. It follows these actors throughout election day, in a series of charades that leaves the viewer with the unsavory sensation of having been played as a pawn in this theater of the absurd.
Keeping Them Honest
By hondurascoup2009.blogspot.com : December 07, 2009
The TSE continues to play fast and loose with the numbers as it speaks in public and represents the election results to the press. On their election results website, they list a total of 2,080,959 votes counted, which they say is 90.52% of the votes. This would project as a total of 2.3 million votes (2,298,894 votes). However, in comments to the press here, Enrique Ortez Sequeira, a TSE magistrate, says that they've counted 2.3 million votes, and that there will be 2.5 million votes total, a record for Honduras.
How Martinelli and La Prensa Pimped Election Fraud
By Okke Ornstein - ornstein.org : December 07, 2009
Nobody in his right mind really understands how you can have free and fair elections under military rule, without a free press and with opposition protests being beat down. And one would think that especially in Panama, with its own history of violent election fraud, the press and the president would be wiser than to recognize the Honduran sham as legitimate. Indeed, most Latin American countries didn't fall for the scheme put up by Micheletti.
Electoral Fraud Proved in Honduras: More than 50 Percent Did Not Vote
By Al Giordano - narconews.com : December 07, 2009
While most international news organizations took obedient dictation of the Honduras coup regime's claims of more than 62 percent voter participation in the November 29 "elections," authentic journalist Jesse Freeston did what real reporters are supposed to do: He went directly to the source, asked questions, took notes, and videotaped the evidence. / Freeston today publishes this bombshell report, above, on The Real News that documents definitively that Honduras electoral officials knowingly lied about their claims of more than 60 percent voter turnout. The hard results in possession of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE, in its Spanish initials) demonstrate only 49.2 percent turnout: That means that a majority - more than 50 percent - of Honduran citizens abstained in the "elections" that the National Front Against the Coup d'Etat had called unfair, unfree and placed under boycott. / The hard numbers show that abstention - and by inference, the Resistance - was the winner in the November 29 vote.
TRNN Exclusive: Honduran elections exposed
Produced by Jesse Freeston - therealnews.com : December 07, 2009
"There is wide agreement that last week's presidential election in Honduras..." begins an editorial in Saturday's New York Times, "...was clean and fair." The editorial gives no hint as to whom all these people are that are in agreement, except for the 'official' data from the same regime that overthrew the elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, at gunpoint. The Times joins governments, commentators and editorial pages around the world that have fallen victim to the 'official' coup data. But, as this video shows, the proof of the fraud was sitting out in the open the whole time.
Three Critical Takes On The Honduras Coup And Last Week's Election
By santiagotimes.cl : December 07, 2009
Although events in Honduras are still unfolding, a consensus appears to be developing in the Southern Cone countries like Chile, Argentina and Brazil that the U.S. State Department seriously mishandled the political situation in the beleaguered Central American nation. / Countries here – all with painful military coups part of their recent history – are loathe to bestow any kind of respect or recognition to the new Honduran president.
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