Brazil not to recognize outcome of Honduras election: Lula 2009-11-30 10:52:09   Print

    ESTORIL, Portugal, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian President LuizInacio Lula da Silva said here Sunday that Brazil would not "reconsider" its stance on Honduras' general elections and would not recognize the results.

    Lula made the comments after arriving in Estoril, a Portuguese seaside resort, for the annual Ibero-American summit.

    "It was a very dangerous signal" that ousted President Manuel Zelaya was not allowed to return to his country, Lula said.

    Zelaya was forced out of his country in a June coup that has been internationally condemned. He has been staying in the Brazilian embassy in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa since late September.

    The Brazilian president said Zelaya could stay in the Brazilian embassy as long as his life is secured.

    Brazil's renewed refusal to recognize the election came as Hondurans went to the polls amid a tense political crisis in the country.

    Official preliminary results showed opposition candidate Porfirio Lobo had gained 51 percent of the vote on Sunday and was poised to become the new president of Honduras.

    The election is also rejected by Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador. The United States, Costa Rica, Panama and Peru have said they would recognize the vote.

Lobo poised to become Honduras' new president

    TEGUCIGALPA, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Opposition candidate Porfirio Lobo is poised to become the new president of Honduras, after official preliminary results showing he had gained 51 percent votes of Sunday's presidential election.

    Lobo had a commanding lead over archrival Elvin Santos from the ruling Liberal Party, who just managed to garner 34 percent of the vote, according to the preliminary results announced by the central election commission. Full story

Editor: Lin Zhi
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