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Honduras votes for president, legislature

November 29, 2009 - HONDURAS

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya pulled out of a last-hour agreement with interim leader Roberto Micheletti that was aimed at solving the country's political crisis, and he has asked his supporters to boycott the presidential and legislative election on Nov 29. Zelaya's attempt to change the constitution so he could run for a second term triggered a military coup on Jun 28 and the subsequent crisis.

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya pulled out of a last-hour agreement with interim leader Roberto Micheletti that was aimed at solving the country's political crisis, and he has asked his supporters to boycott the presidential and legislative election on Nov 29. Zelaya's attempt to change the constitution so he could run for a second termtriggered a military coup on Jun 28 and the subsequent crisis. ; Most Hondurans see the elections as the best way out of the crisis, but there is a risk that the new leader won't be recognized in the region because of the coup. A boycott and any clashes around election time by Zelaya supporters and the police would put the election further at risk. Before the crisis, Zelaya's Liberal Party and National Party of Honduras were the strongest parties going into the election for the unicameral 128 seat National Congress. The Liberals hold 62 seats and National holds 55 seats in the present Congress. The crisis appears to have given the anti-Zelaya Nationalists a boost. Nov/09;

SNAP ANALYSIS: Honduras pact collapse puts election at risk (Reuters 6 Nov 2009)

Honduras night curfew reimposed (BBC 16 Jul 2009)

Honduras lurches toward crisis over election (WSJ 26 Jun 2009)

Date written/update: 2009-11-29