Five months after the country’s democratically elected leader was ousted in a coup, Honduras appears to have chosen a new president.
He is Porfirio Lobo and exit polls give him a clear lead over rival Elvin Santos, with 55 percent of the vote. The election has been organised by those who overthrew the previous leader, prompting several South American countries to question its legitimacy. Toppled and forced into exile in June, former president Manuel Zelaya has since returned to the country and is seeking refuge in the Brazilian embassy. From there he denounced the election and called for a boycott. But voting appears to have been steady, pointing to a willingness by many to move on; the post coup crisis has crippled the coffee producing country for months and cut it off from much needed international funds.