Brazil 'will not' recognize Honduran presidential vote
Fri, 27 Nov 2009 17:20:06 GMT
Brazil is not going to recognize the
result of the upcoming presidential elections in Honduras, says the
country's foreign minister, arguing that the move would give legitimacy
to the June 28 coup.
Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya was removed from power by his
own army in a coup that later installed the interim government of
"A coup is not acceptable as a means for political change,"
Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said on Thursday on the
sidelines of a climate summit between Amazon basin countries and
France, reported Xinhua.
Brazil has called for Zelaya's return to power. The ousted
president is still holed up in the Brazilian embassy in Honduran
A presidential election, in which neither Zelaya nor Micheletti is
running, will take place in the poorest Central American country on
The poll has been scheduled based on a Washington-brokered deal that the ousted constitutional president rejects.
The White House maintains that the presidential election could
bring to an end the political stalemate in the country. Most regional
countries seek re-instatement of Zelaya.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his Argentine
counterpart Cristina Kirchner have both voiced their rejection to the
elections in Honduras.
Lula says, "The elections to be held on Nov. 29 will not be recognized and (otherwise) a very dangerous precedent will be set."