The Central American country’s long national nightmare should now be over.
First, the leftist President Manuel Zelaya tried to rig a referendum in defiance of his nation’s constitution to hold onto power. Then, when the nation’s judiciary removed him from office, world leaders, including our own President, refused to recognize this constitutional action.
Well, yesterday, Honduras held elections which Zelaya described as a “fraud“; he urged his supporters to boycott the vote. Well, over 60% of registered voters turned out, delivering a 56% majority to Porfirio Lobo. Defeated by Zelaya “in the last presidential election in 2005,” Lobo “comes from the centre-right opposition National Party.”
Despite recent electoral victories for the allies of Hugo Chavez in Nicaragua and El Salvador, chavismo does not appear to be an unstoppable force in Central America. Democratic, constitutional governance will prevail, in Honduras at least.
With the Obama Administration saying it would recognize the results, it seems all’s well that ends well. And shows as well that all its bellyaching over the “coup” these past few months was really just much ado about nothing.