Conservative Wins in Testy Honduran Election

US recognizes result, though deposed president was never restored
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2009 4:38 AM CST
Conservative Wins in Testy Honduran Election
Porfirio Lobo, National Party presidential candidate waves to supporters during his victory speech in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009.   (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Conservative Porfirio Lobo has emerged as the winner in yesterday's Honduran election, and appears set to take the central American nation's disputed presidency as it continues to reel from the crisis sparked by last summer's coup. After initially condemning the coup, Washington shifted gears to support this weekend's election, which most of Latin America refused to recognize, the New York Times reports.

Former president Manuel Zelaya, deposed during the coup, urged supporters to boycott the vote. "They all promise change, but the one who really wanted to make change was Mel Zelaya,” one voter said. “And look what they did to him.” (Read more Honduras stories.)

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