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Honduras Coup - Day 177 - December 21, 2009

  • It's official: Lobo elected, turnout under 50%
    By : December 21, 2009
    AFP reports in Spanish from an hour ago that the official winner of the November Honduran presidential vote is Porfirio Lobo Sosa, credited with 56% of the vote (1.2 million votes). As the article notes, Lobo's election is largely unrecognized, although of course, US recognition is probably the most important to him. More important, as AFP notes, some countries will condition their recognition on what happens before Lobo's inauguration: if he takes power from the de facto regime, he may still face a lack of recognition: Up to now, only the US, Costa Rica, Panama and Peru have recognized the elections, although other countries, such as Chile, are analyzing whether to take that step after January 27, depending on how the transfer of power goes.

  • Protest Against Honduras ALBA Withdrawal
    By : December 21, 2009
    The National Front Against the Coup in Honduras called a demonstration to protest the coup regime's decision to withdraw the country from the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA). The protest will take place on January 7 and will be the first announced by the resistance for New Year, leaders of the movement said at the end of an assembly.

  • New Lab for US-Americas Policy
    By Rel-UITA - : December 21, 2009
    It's increasingly clear that what has occurred in Honduras marks a setback – whatever might happen before January 27. Taking office on that date will be Porfirio Lobo Sosa, the right-wing winner of the dubious presidential elections that left this Central American country with almost no country in the world recognizing it.

  • Anti-gay hate crimes surge in Honduras
    By : December 21, 2009
    Up to 18 gay and transgender men have been killed in Honduras in the six months since its president was deposed in a coup, human rights advocates say.

  • Honduran Coup d'état Finds Rival in Nicaragua
    By : December 21, 2009
    I was surprised to discover at the end of October while reading the newspaper in Honduras that a coup d'état had been detected in Nicaragua. According to the 21 October edition of the Honduran daily La Tribuna, former Nicaraguan president Arnoldo Alemán had applied the term golpe de estado to the recent ruling by the Nicaraguan Supreme Court of Justice that Article 147 of the national Constitution prohibiting the immediate reelection of presidents was "inapplicable" in the case of current President Daniel Ortega’s proposed candidature in 2011. 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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