Honduras is going to the ballot box today in a controversial presidential election.
This five months after the country’s democratically elected leader was ousted in a military coup. The new vote has been organised by those who carried out the coup, and there is doubt over whether the world will recognise the results. Already Brazil and Argentina have slammed the election as illegitimate. 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. Ousted leader Manuel Zelaya has denounced the election and is calling for a boycott. The US, however, looks set to recognise the winner. Zelaya was initially forced into exile in Costa Rica but slipped back into Honduras in September. He and his family have been holed up in the Brazilian embassy. Foreign donors cut aid to Honduras after the military coup in June, and many are hoping the election today will lead to the restoration of those ties.