Today is the day that Hugo Chavez and some of the other left-wing leaders in Latin America didn’t want to see: Honduras going through with the regularly scheduled elections after having deposed President manuel Zelaya last summer. The symbol of today’s elections in Honduras borrowed from La Gringa!
La Gringa reported on Friday:
On his knees (literally!), the mayor of Tocoa and candidate for reelection, Adán Fúnez, renounced the resistance and asked forgiveness of the Liberals who he offended. He pledged his support of Liberal party candidate Elvin Santos and urged everyone to vote on Sunday.
UD and zelayista presidential candidate César Ham decided not to withdraw from the elections last week and is no longer promoting boycott of the elections. His platform includes a constitutional assembly. This was a serious blow to Zelaya who hoped to be able to point to the withdrawal of both opposition candidates as “proof” that the elections were not fair. Ham’s action may be the most patriotic of all of the candidates as it will show that the opposition/resistance/zelayistas do have a choice in the elections and will prove once and for all whether or not they represent a majority of the population.
Approximately 40 Zelaya-supporting candidates officially withdrew from the elections, representing around 1% of the total candidates. Most were immediately replaced with other candidates by their political parties, as is allowed under Honduran election law.
According to La Gringa, Canada, Panama, Peru, Costa Rica and, most importantly, the United States will recognize the elections, while Columbia may do so as well. Mr Zelaya reportedly responded to a supporter trying to boost his flagging spirits that more countries than not would decline to recognmize the election, “Yeah, but the US is worth more than all those pendejos put together.”
The good news is that, after initially giving in to his leftist impulses, President Obama has realized that the free elections, proceeding as scheduled, are the best solution to the problems of Honduras, and we’ll see a return to normalcy soon enough.