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Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo Wins! Honduras Wins!
Thank you Roberto Micheletti and the brave people of Honduras
Democracy support the elections.
Socialists clain it was not legitimate.
Also rejecting the election: SocialistWorker, Socialist Unity.
No real surprises. -- Selling Brazil -- Investing in: Honduras, Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, Canada
December 21st, 2009
USA Observer's Thoughts on Honduras Election
In case you missed it, a remarkable thing happened recently in the small Central American country of Honduras. Ignoring the skeptics, Honduras held a free, fair, transparent and perhaps most importantly a peaceful election.
The voting came at a time when democracy and the rule of law are under attack in the region, so hopefully this election marked a decisive moment. It should, at least, show other neighboring countries that democracy works.
Dec 13, 2009 -- Associated Press
Dominican president says Honduran meeting delayed
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic A planned meeting between the ousted and incoming leaders of Honduras to solve that nation's political crisis has been delayed, Dominican President Leonel Fernandez said Sunday.
Fernandez had announced Friday that he expected the ousted Manuell Zelaya and President-elect Porfirio Lobo to meet in the Caribbean nation's capital on Monday implying that Zelaya would be able to leave the Brazilian Embassy in Honduras where he has taken refuge for nearly three months.
December 11th, 2009
Zelaya Given Notice of Eviction
The Brazilian Embassy has given official notice to Manuel Zelaya, that he must abandon his current residence in the embassy of the South American country where he has been staying. Mr. Zelaya must leave by January 27, 2010.
Manuel Zelaya stated on television, that he plans to exit the embassy prior to that date, logically with the backing of the Brazilian government.
President Lula: You made a big, stupid mistake letting Zelaya stay at your Embassy.
Honduras: Second-Most Globalized
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Honduras' president-elect Porfirio Lobos takes over a country that is heavily dependent on outside links, according to the Latin Globalization Index 2009.
Heavily-isolated Honduras is Latin America's second-most globalized country.
December 4th, 2009
Military Barricades Removed from Embassy
In an interesting move, the Honduran Military has practically vacated the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa. There are no police in sight either. All barricades have been removed, except for those that remain just 40 meters in front of the embassy.
December 2nd, 2009
Zelaya Will Not Be Reinstated
The final tally is 65 in favor of not reinstating Zelaya, and 8 against. Even if the rest of the 128 congress people voted to reinstate him, he would only have 63 votes.
Therefore, Mr. Manuel Zelaya Rosales will not be restored to the presidency in Honduras.
NOV. 30, 2009 -- The Heritage Foundation
A Victory for Democracy in Honduras
After casting her ballot for former Vice President Elvin Santos of the ruling Liberal Party in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Sunday, Erika Rodriguez told the Miami Herald: "I don't even care who wins. This is the first time you are going to see all Hondurans celebrating "anybody’s victory." So despite the fact that her candidate lost to cattle rancher and former congressman Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo, Rodriguez joined millions of other Hondurans last night to celebrate a peaceful and successful democratic election.
November 30th, 2009 -- MiamiHerald.com
Hondurans elect businessman Pepe Lobo as president
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- A cattle rancher and former congressman appeared headed for an easy victory Sunday in presidential elections that Hondurans hope would end the worst political crisis here in decades.
Early official poll results showed that conservative businessman Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo, 61, had received 52.09 percent of the votes, trouncing former Vice President Elvin Santos of the Liberal Party.
The preliminary count showed Santos with 34.4 percent.
November 29th, 2009 -- Honduras News
TSE Announces Election Results
Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo has emerged as the new President of the Republic to govern the Country of Honduras during the years 2010-2014.
According to the TSE, more than 61.85% of registered Hondurans came out to vote on Sunday, a historic record. The announcement from the TSE received a standing ovation from the attentive room of official observers and spectators.
The TSE stated they would welcome any international audit of the results.
official TSE website:
November 29th, 2009 -- Honduras News
Local Election Results
La Ceiba: Mayoral candidate Carlos Aguilar of the National Party
Comayagua: Candidate for reelection for mayor, Carlos Miranda of the Liberal Party
Santa Rosa de Copan: Mayoral candidate Hannibal Erazo of the Liberal Party
Juticalpa, Olancho: Mayoral candidate Ramon Sarmiento of the National Party
Danli, El Paraiso: Mayoral candidate Jose Urrutia of the National Party
Choluteca: Mayoral candidate Juan Ortega of the National Party
Tegucigalpa: Candidate for reelection for mayor Ricardo Alvarez of the National Party
San Pedro Sula: Still too close to call
November 29th, 2009 -- Honduras News
Observers Congratulate Honduras
Half an hour before the closing of the polls, Colombian and Cuban observers congratulated the Honduran people for their democratic attitude and appearing at the polls in an overwhelming number.
November 23rd, 2009 -- Reuters
Ahmadinejad visit protested in Brazil
About 1,000 demonstrators gathered in Rio de Janeiro Sunday to protest the visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.The demonstrators represented a wide range of gay, Jewish, evangelical Christian, anti-racism and other activist groups.
With Lula befriending Ahmadinejad and Zelaya we fear that Brazil is moving toward a Venezuela type Socialist dictatorship.
It's time to reduce investment in Brazil.
November 23rd, 2009
Resistance Will Boycott Election Day
The Resistance Front that unites followers of ousted President Manuel Zelaya concentrated efforts for their campaign to boycott "peacefully" Sunday's election under the supervision of thousands of soldiers and police deployed to prevent any violence or intimidation.
Roberto Micheletti's government expects the elections will allow people to move beyond the crisis and turn the page by getting the international community to recognize the president that they elect to take power on January 27th.
November 22nd, 2009 -- Honduras News
OAS Considers Honduras -- Again
The OAS will meet in private on Monday to once again evaluate the situation in Honduras.
The meeting will be "informal", and the representatives of the 34 active Member States of the Organization of American States (OAS) will discuss some of the differing opinions expressed by members since the various changes that have taken place in regards to elections and President Micheletti announcing he will step down during those elections.
It is assumed that they will attempt to adopt a common position and announce if they will or will not recognize the upcoming elections.
Saturay, November 21rd, 2009
Manuel Zelaya has been at the Brazilian embassy for two months.
November 19th, 2009 -- Yahoo News
Honduras interim prez to step down temporarily
Honduras' interim president says he will step down temporarily to allow voters to concentrate on the upcoming presidential elections.
Roberto Micheletti says he will step aside ahead of the Nov. 29 election until at least Dec. 2, when Congress is scheduled to vote on whether to reinstate ousted President Manuel Zelaya.
Micheletti did not say who would be in charge of the government during his absence. He was named president by Congress after Zelaya was rousted from his bed by soldiers and flown to Costa Rica on June 28.
November 19th, 2009 -- www.chinaview.cn
Zelaya says Honduran Congress has no intention to reinstate him.
TEGUCIGALPA, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya affirmed Wednesday that the Honduran Congress does not have the intention to reinstate him as president.
Zelaya said he would wait for the outcome of the Nov. 29 elections to find out which political party would be in the lead and could tip the balance in his favor.
"The National Congress can discuss what it considers necessary, and they did not do it now because the intention of the National Congress is not to support the restitution -- at least a large part of the deputies, not all of them," Zelaya told local media Radio Globo.
November 13th, 2009
Zelaya Followers Strategize Over Elections
Zelaya leadership has scheduled a series of activities to boycott the elections on November 29th, ranging from preventing Hondurans from going to the polls to the massive detrimental use of indelible ink.
Running among their network is a series of emails in which leaders are instructed to take actions before, during and after the elections.
Victor Manuel Ramos, University Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, suggested that it is the "intention of the resistance to send indelible ink to all communities for all to stain their finger without voting."
John Baker, coordinator of the resistance, gives more details on how to prevent elections. "...We did not have time to vote, and nobody can vote for colleagues or anybody here today, the resistance will be close to voting centers to see who votes, and whosoever does, is a coup supporter and a traitor."
He said that after the elections they are going to call for a Constitutional Assembly.
November 10th, 2009
More Than 600 People Will Observe Elections
The president of the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (COHEP), Amilcar Bulnes, reported that a week before general elections take place this November 29th, some 600 international observers from Northern, Central and South America will arrive in Honduras.
They will come from the United Staes, Europe, Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Central America. The former president of Guatemala, Alvaro Arzu and El Salvador, Alfredo Cristiani are confirmed to come. So far, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) has a list of more than 600 people belonging to Rotary clubs, professional trade associations, chambers of commerce, as well as leading figures in the public and private sectors who will participate in the observation of transparent elections.
November 10th, 2009 -- Honduras News
Zelaya's Bizarre Behavior Embarrassment to Obama
Honduras ousted president Manuel Zelaya's erratic behavior continues to block a negotiated solution to his country's constitutional crisis. Two days after he signed on to an agreement which left the matter of his reinstatement in the hands of the Honduran National Congress, he insisted that the agreement required his immediate reinstatement, even before the Congress had an opportunity to convene.
November 10th, 2009 -- Lanny Davis -- Wall Street Journal
The Way Forward in Honduras
The U.S. should recognize the coming election, whether Manuel Zelaya does or not.
For months Honduras has faced a political crisis. In June, its president, Manuel Zelaya, attempted to subvert the country's constitution and was removed from office. He has since pushed to return to power, called the current president "Robert Micheletti" illegitimate, and has cast a shadow over presidential elections to be held at the end of this month.
November 8, 2009 -- Poder
Coffee Companies Nationalized
Fama de America and Cafe Madrid, which comprise more than 80% of retail sales, will pass into state hands
Coffee companies, Fama de America's and Cafe Madrid, which account for more than 80% of coffee present in the Venezuelan market, will become part of the range of state enterprises under different identities. Food Minister Felix Osorio said the government decided to expropriate Fama de America and decided to extend the occupation period of Cafe Madrid's assets to then turn it into a mixed capital company, although the government would maintain the majority of shares. The AFP said that despite the announcement, there is no definitive agreement yet with the company owners on conditions for a forced sale. Since last Aug. 3, the government took control of both companies considering them responsible for the coffee shortage and alleging that they indulged in monopolistic practices. The expropriation also represents a step in the government's plan to control some economic sectors presently in private hands.
November 8, 2009 -- Poder
Chavez: "Prepare for War"
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has told citizens to prepare for war after Colombia rejected his appeal to remove the U.S. military bases from its territory
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has called on the citizens of Venezuela to prepare for war after Colombia rejected his appeal to remove the U.S. military bases from its territory that he believes is a threat to the country. Venezuela and Colombia have had rocky relations for several months now, and Chavez has famously resisted American influence, particularly during the Bush era. With the news out, Chavez has begun freezing diplomatic ties with Colombia, and has continued to claim Colombian conspiracy against Venezuela, including apparently arresting spies in late October
November 8, 2009 -- Wall Street Journal
Chavez's Next Target: El Salvador
Twenty-first century socialism may have stumbled in Honduras but it is being tried again in El Salvador.
Fidel Castro learned a lot from Chilean President Salvador Allende's failed power grab in 1973. And he used the lessons of that bitter defeat to coach Venezuela's Hugo Chavez to dictatorship under the guise of democracy more than 25 years later.
Now Latin America's revolutionaries may be experiencing another setback and this time they can't claim that a military coup removed their would-be dictator. Instead, former Honduran president Manuel Zelaya was arrested by order of the Supreme Court and deposed by Congress. And despite enormous international pressure, the Honduran democracy has so far defended its rule of law.
November 7, 2009
What is the Rio group and why is it important?
November 7, 2009 -- Will Stebbins, Al Jazeera
Winners and losers in Honduras
There are fears that instability could return to Honduras if a political accord is not observed [EPA]
Al Jazeera's Will Stebbins takes stock of the winners and losers in the wake of the Tegucigalpa-San Jose power-sharing accord which ended the four-month Honduran constitutional crisis.
The crisis was precipitated in June when the Honduran military led a coup against Manuel Zelaya, the president, and ousted him from power. He fled to Costa Rica before returning to Honduras in September.
November 7, 2009 -- Page One
Recognition Only with Zelaya in Place
The Rio Group, chaired by the Mexican foreign minister, demands the ousted president's return
The 20 countries that form the Rio Group conditioned the recognition of the Honduran presidential elections next Nov. 29 upon the immediate return of the constitutional president, Rafael Zelaya. Upon this being done, the countries in the group pledged to normalize relations with the Central American country's government, currently run by Roberto Micheletti's de facto government.
Nov 6, 2009 -- Escambray -- Sancti Spiritus, Cuba
Rio Group Demands Restitution of Zelaya
The Rio Group foreign ministers made recognition of the November elections in Honduras conditional on immediate restitution of President Manuel Zelaya.
Rio Group Demands Restitution of Zelaya
Zelaya's restitution is an indispensable for re-establishing constitutional order in Honduras.
At a Special Statement issued at the end of their meeting in this city, the foreign ministers termed Zelaya's unconditional restitution in power "imperative."
November 5th, 2009
Zelaya Will Not Honor the Accord
"The accord is dead," Zelaya told Radio Globo from from the Brazilian Embassy. "There is no sense in deceiving Hondurans."
Forged last week with the help of U.S. diplomats, the pact gave both sides until midnight yesterday to install the government with both supporters of Zelaya and Roberto Micheletti.
Jorge Reina, a negotiator for Zelaya, said today that the pact fell apart because Congress failed to vote on whether to reinstate the deposed president before the deadline for forming the unity government.
November 5th, 2009 -- By Kevin Bogardus -- The Hill
In wake of Honduras agreement, DeMint releases hold on Obama nominees
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) released his holds on two State Department nominees Thursday in the wake of the agreement reached last week between the Honduran interim government and ousted President Manuel Zelaya.
DeMint, one of the administration's biggest critics on its handling of the political crisis in the Central American nation, said he released his holds because he received assurances from the administration that the United States will recognize elections to be held later this month in Honduras even if Zelaya is not returned to power.
"I am happy to report the Obama Administration has finally reversed its misguided Honduran policy and will fully recognize the November 29th elections," DeMint said in a statement.
November 5th, 2009 -- Poder
Micheletti's Government Officials Resign
Honduras’ de-facto government, led by Roberto Micheletti, resigned late Thursday, paving a clear path for a national unity and reconciliation government
The Honduran de-facto government of Roberto Micheletti resigned late Thursday, creating a path for a national unity and reconciliation government. After weeks of negotiations, Micheletti and Honduras’ ousted President, Manuel Zelaya, last week agreed on forming a unified government. The talks were allegedly created by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias. Zelaya was ousted from office and sent into exile on June 28 in a military coup backed by the Honduran Supreme Court and other institutions
November 4th, 2009 -- Thomas Shannon
US Will Recognize Elections
Despite growing tension that Manuel Zelaya may not be reinstated as the President of Honduras, Thomas Shannon reminded the world community that, Both leaders took a risk and put their trust in Congress, but at the end of the day, the accord requires that both leaders accept its decision, Shannon said.
Before the Tegucigalpa San Jose Accord was signed, the United States had said that they would not recognize the winner of the November elections unless Zelaya had been reinstated beforehand. At a press conference in the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, shortly before beginning the last round of talks, however, Shannon had said that he and the other delegates had come to accompany the talks as part of the United States' commitment to democracy and to the Honduran people, and that they were not seeking to impose anything. Asked whether the United States would press for Zelaya's reinstatement, Shannon had said that was something that we are going to leave in the negotiators' hands.
November 4th, 2009
Countries Won't Accept without Zelaya
The representatives to the OAS from Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Nicaragua say they will only recognize the elections on November 29, 2009, as legitimate if Manuel Zelaya has been reinstated.
Honduras is also concerned about statements made by the Secretary of the OAS, Jose Miguel Insulza, who assured his country's (Chile) radio stations that the only solution to the crisis is to restore Manuel Zelaya to power in Honduras.
November 1, 2009
Heinz food factory workers go on strike and demand insurance improvements
During the weekend, employees of the food manufacturer, Heinz in Venezuela, decided to go on strike to demand insurance improvements for hospitalization, surgery and childbirth, as well as a Christmas bonus to buy toys for their children. As a result, they have failed to provide 2.5 million food units for supermarket shelves across the country. The corporate giant said in a press releasse that it has addressed all employee claims, describing the the strike as unjustified.
Teresa Heinz is the wife of John Kerry.
November 1, 2009 -- The Wall Street Journal
Hillary's Honduran Exit Strategy
Honduras signs a deal that means international recognition of the November 29 elections.
If there is one person in Honduras who is more despised these days than deposed president Manuel Zelaya it is a foreigner who goes by the name of Hugo. We refer here not to the Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez but to U.S. Ambassador Hugo Llorens.
Many Hondurans, including, rumor has it, President Roberto Micheletti, see Mr. Llorens as the principal architect of a U.S. policy that has caused enormous Honduran hardship.
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