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The Honduran Vote

Speaking of thumbing their collective noses, the Honduran people thumbed theirs at Hugo Chavez and the rest of the ALBA (Alternative for the Americas – a Chavez inspired group which includes Cuba, Ecuador, Bolivia and Nicaragua as well as Venezuela) rabble in the OAS with their vote yesterday:

Provisional results in Honduras indicate that Porfirio Lobo, an opponent of ousted President Manuel Zelaya, has won presidential elections.

The poll was held five months after Mr Zelaya was forced out at gunpoint, with an interim government taking over.

Mr Lobo is seen as a unifying figure. He won 56% of the vote, with over 60% of registered voters taking part.

A clear winner and high turnout were what the interim government were hoping for to give the election legitimacy.

As you might have picked up, the BBC continues with the myth that Zelaya was “forced out”, i.e. the victim of the military coup, when, in fact, he was arrested for violating the constitution.

But the Beeb has to admit, even grudgingly, that the fact that there appears to be a clear winner and that the turnout was high do in fact speak to the legitimacy of the election – even in the face of Zelaya’s call for his supporters to boycott it.

Of course for some countries, even a legitimate and scheduled election is not enough to placate them:

But regional powers Argentina and Brazil have said they will not recognise any government installed after the election, arguing that to do so would legitimise the coup which ousted an elected president, and thus set a dangerous precedent.

However the United States, having apparently finally figured out what was going on in Honduras, has said it will recognize the results of the election. Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, the German parliament and Japan will also recognize the vote (over 400 international monitors were on hand to watch the election) with more to come, I’m sure.

What that means is Honduras has won and the Chavez cabal has lost – hopefully a turning point in the eventual demise of the “Bolivarian revolution” inspired by Venezuela (if how Hugo makes cars is any indication, it won’t be long). Of course for that to be so, Porfirio Lobo must ensure that Honduras remains on the democratic and constitutional track upon which it now rests.

A hearty “well done” to the tiny country that stood up and resisted the bullies from the OAS and the US, stood by its laws and constitution and gave the world a lesson in political courage.

~McQ

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12 Responses to The Honduran Vote

  • I’m sure that Honduras will have to remain vigilant in order to continue to protect its democracy.  This is a great step, though.  Cheers, once again, to the Honduran people.

  • I’m going to order some Honduran cigars right now!!! :-)

  • Actually, Honduras won (Latin America actually won) and Obama lost- pretty badly actually.

  • 3 “actuallys”  in 1 line.  I actually s*ck  :) 

  • The U.S. Embassy in Honduras argues that because the [Honduran Supreme] court did not cite Article 239 in its order to arrest the President, Article 239’s provision stripping presidents of their office for proposing an end to term limits (as Honduras’s ex-president did) is an irrelevant after-the-fact “post-removal” rationalization.

    Somebody needs to be fired.

  • It is a bit disappointing to watch Brazil’s President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva behaving like a complete neophyte in international politics.  Brazil is a newly emerged regional power in S.A.  and, accordingly, has some new muscle to flex in its “near abroad”.  That said, Lula has clearly hitched his wagon to the wrong horse with Zelaya and is having a very hard time backing down.

    It looks like Washington is not the only national capital experiencing serious amateurism at the top.

  • It looks like Lobo won despite having the hammer pressed down on his craw by The Clown™ and his Chief Clownette™, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Blowhard.

  • Well done Honduras.  A better example to us then we are to them.

  • I hate to offer advice to the people of Honduras who have done so well in safeguarding their liberties and sovereignty, but I would like to offer the following:

    [W]hat country can preserve it’s [sic] liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants.

    So, next time Zelaya or some other would-be despot attempts to usurp his authority and trample your rights underfoot, don’t kick him out of the country: lock the son of a b*tch up and give him a fair trial followed by a first-class hanging.

  • Honduras will be getting my vacation money, assuming there’s any left after the holidays.  How could I resist a place where the rule of law is respected above international pressure and the President is named Pepe (which I will pronounce “peppy”) Lobo?
    I couldn’t.  Immensely happy for the plucky (sounds condescending, but David was plucky going against Goliath) Hondurans.
    Peppy Lobo, Peppy Lobo, Peppy Lobo!!!! Rolls off the tongue, don’t it?