29 November 2009

Presidential Election in Honduras

Honduran Hopefuls Look Past Zelaya

The two front-runners for the Honduran presidency have disagreed on matters from government spending to the death penalty. But on the most divisive issue that this tiny republic faces, they are on the same page: Ousted President Manuel Zelaya need not return to office.

Yet international recognition -- largely contingent on a transparent election Sunday -- is also the one domestic matter that's out of the candidates' hands. The elections will be administered by an independent tribunal and presided over by the cabinet of President Roberto Micheletti, who has temporarily stepped down to avoid accusations of interference.

"If (independent observers) agree it is a clean election, that will help establish legitimacy of the new government," says Riordan Roett, a Latin America expert at Johns Hopkins University.

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