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Brazil 'will not' recognize Honduran presidential vote
By PressTV
Nov 29, 2009 - 5:17:00 AM

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 Roberto Micheletti.

"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 capital Tegucigalpa.

A presidential election, in which neither Zelaya nor Micheletti is running, will take place in the poorest Central American country on Sunday.

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."


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