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South American leaders reject Honduran govt

First Posted 07:04:00 05/04/2010

CAMPANA, Argentina?Leaders from across South America still firmly reject the government of Porfirio Lobo in Honduras, as it "emerged from unconstitutional elections, after a coup," Venezuela's top diplomat said Tuesday.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro, speaking at a summit of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) here, said there was still firm consensus against recognizing Lobo "as he was elected in unconstitutional elections, following a coup d'etat."

Of the 12 Unasur member states only two have recognized Lobo: Peru and Colombia.
The stand pits the Union against the United States which has recognized Lobo even as it pressed him for human rights progress.

Unasur meanwhile made Argentine former president Nestor Kirchner, husband of President Cristina Kirchner, the secretary general of the continental group created in 2004.

Honduras was expelled from the Washington-based Organization of American States in July 2009 following a June 28, 2009 coup that ousted then-president Manuel Zelaya. He was a rancher who veered to the left after taking office, alienating business and military leaders.

Lobo was elected president in November 2009, amid a political impasse between the de facto government that followed the coup and Zelaya, who had taken refuge in the Brazilian embassy to press for his return to office.


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