Honduras Still Divided After Polls, Defeated Zelaya Calls to Scrap Election Results
Honduras is still divided after the controversial elections held last Sunday, November 30. The results are also dividing the Americas with the United States going in for the votes while Brazil does not want to recognize it. Ousted president Jose Manuel Zelaya called for the cancellation of the election results.
Porfirio Lobo was declared winner and now president-elect of the country.
Zelaya, who was ousted in June after the Supreme Court ruled his bid to change the constitution as illegal, is supposed to finish his term on January next year. The elections were officiated by interim president Roberto Michelleti. The former president claims that the election is not legitimate and wants a restoration of democratic order.
Brazil and the Iberoamericano summit stated that recognizing the victory of Lobo would be a “serious threat” to democracy in Latin America as it may set precedent. They call for Zelaya to be re-instituted until his term expires.
Other countries like the U.S. and Colombia think that supporting the results will be the first step out of the five-month constitutional crisis.