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Divisions over Honduras election


Honduras is making final preparations for elections for a new president, five months after their democratically elected leader was ousted in a military coup.

Critics of Sunday’s vote, organised by a defacto government, say it is illegitimate and many are campaigning for a boycott. One man said: “As Hondurans, we have the right to defend ourselves and make demands, to refuse to accept an electoral process that is not legitimate.” The frontrunner in the race for the presidency is said to be conservative Porfirio Lobo, who narrowly lost a presidential poll in 2005. The other leading candidate is businessman Elvin Santos, who is backed by the current defacto leader appointed by congress after the coup in June. Outsed leader Manuel Zelaya has denounced the election, which the US is hoping will see the country out of its political crisis. Zelaya was initially forced into exile in Costa Rica but he slipped back into Honduras in September. He and his family have been holed up in the Brazilian embassy.

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