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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Brazil, Venezuela condemn Honduras vote result.

No doubt many other countries will for the time being also refuse to recognise the result. The Honduran Congress is to consider today whether to re-instate Zelaya a part of the deal brokered by the US. But the deal is already dead and I expect that the Congress will follow the line of the Supreme Court and consider the reinstatement illegal. It really makes little difference since Zelaya said he would not agree to be reinstated at this stage. But one never knows, perhaps Zelaya might agree that some symbolic move is the best available to him now. However, Micheletti has won it would seem and probably sees no need to accomodate anyone. The US is on his side and that is all that matters over the longer run. This is from presstv.


Brazil, Venezuela condemn Honduras vote result



Brazil and Venezuela have condemned the result of the Honduran presidential election after a military coup ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Sunday that failure to oppose the move could encourage other adventurers to stage coups in Latin America.

"If the countries that can ... make gestures do not do so, we do not know where else there could be a coup," Lula said.

Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said earlier on Thursday that Brazil would not recognize the disputed election as that would be paramount to legitimizing the coup.

Meanwhile, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a close ally of Zelaya, called the vote an 'electoral farce'.

Zelaya has been residing at the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa since his return to the country from exile in September.

The ousted leader told his supporters to boycott the election and said the winner would not be a true president.

"He is going to be a very weak leader without recognition from the people and most countries," Zelaya told Reuters.

During the election on Sunday, police fired tear gas and used water cannons on Zelaya's supporters, wounding some and arresting many others. Angry protesters rejected the election result, claiming that about 75 percent of the electorate failed to participate in the vote.

Honduras' conservative opposition National Party said on Sunday that its candidate Porfirio Lobo won the election.

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