November 30, 2009

A TRIUMPH FOR DEMOCRACY AND OVER THE UR:

Hondurans elect conservative businessman as president: U.S. backs election Other Latin countries call it illegitimate (Mary Beth Sheridan, 11/30/09, Washington Post)

Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo, of the traditional National Party, declared victory late Sunday and pledged to form a government of national unity to try to end a five-month crisis that began with the military's ouster of President Manuel Zelaya. With nearly two-thirds of the vote counted, Lobo had 56 percent. That put him well ahead of another centrist candidate, Elvin Santos, who conceded the race.

The U.S. State Department commended the elections in a statement issued at midnight Sunday, saying that Hondurans "took a necessary and important step forward" toward resolving their political crisis and months of international isolation.


One of the most important things that the Hondurans demonstrated is that there is no cost to defying Barack Obama.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 30, 2009 6:03 PM
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