November 26, 2009

Critics Dismiss Honduras Vote Prematurely

Frances Robles, Miami Herald

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While unemployment and crime are high and schools are at a standstill, Hondurans' focus when they go to the polls Sunday will be on settling a crippling political crisis that has consumed the Central American country since June.

Whoever wins the presidency inherits a political mess not of his making and will be forced to cut deals and heal wounds -- or risk four years of instability and international condemnation.

But even as the campaigns officially close Tuesday, critics both in Honduras and abroad are condemning the election and promising legal challenges. The question remains: If Honduras has an election few countries recognize, does it count?

``If we don't go to elections, what alternative do we have?'' said leading candidate Porfirio ``Pepe''...

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TAGGED: Latin America, Manuel Zelaya, Honduras

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