Conservative opposition candidate Porfirio Lobo and his supporters are celebrating their victory in the disputed Honduran presidential election.
The country’s democratically-elected leader Manuel Zelaya was not running in the vote. He was ousted in a coup five months ago by the army who have since organised this election.
Washington is expected to recognise the result, which puts the United States at odds with leftist governments in Latin America.
Brazilian President Lula da Silva said: “It is my personal opinion that Brazil should not recognise it (the Honduran election result), that Brazil should maintain its position. It is not possible to accept a coup, whether military or dressed up as civilian. That is not acceptable.”
Zelaya is camping out in the Brazilian embassy, calling the election illegitimate and saying that Lobo is not a true president.
However, voting appeared to have been steady, pointing to a willingness by many Hondurans to move on. The post-coup crisis has crippled the coffee-producing country for months and cut it off from much-needed international funds
Lobo, a wealthy landowner, has sold himself as the man most likely to lead Honduras out of political gridlock and diplomatic isolation.
Lobo celebrates victory in Honduran presidential poll