Honduras Elects Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo As President
Yesterday Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo, a conservative rancher, won the election for president in Honduras with 56% of the vote.
About 61% of eligible Hondurans voted, and turnout, which was up from 2005, was seen as a crucial factor in persuading more countries to back the vote.
In early November, Senator Jim DeMint wrung a commitment from the Obama Administration to recognize the Honduran elections regardless of Zelaya’s reinstatement. Today Senator DeMint’s News Room issued this press release:
Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement on the recent elections in Honduras. After a high 60 percent turnout, the Honduran people elected Porfirio Lobo as their new president, and the Obama administration announced the U.S. will recognize the elections as free, fair, and legitimate.
“Our loyal friends in Hondurans have proven that freedom and democracy can and will succeed when people are willing to fight for it. The Honduran people stood together and emphatically rejected attempts by Chavez, Noriega and the Castro brothers to prop up a dictator and subvert their constitution.”
“I’m very encouraged by our administration’s decision to stand with the Honduran people, recognize the elections, and commit to work with president-elect President Lobo. I hope we can quickly reestablish the strong relationship between our nations, and that the international community will recognize the choice of the Honduran people.”
“This year, the people of Honduras have taken a bold stand against tyranny, and friends of freedom throughout the world should applaud their courageous defense of the rule of law. During my trip to Honduras, I was impressed by their desire for liberty and commitment to constitutional democracy. The Honduran people have much to be proud of, and I’m proud to stand with them.”
Senator DeMint is one of the few American heroes in this disgraceful U.S. foreign policy debacle. This press release, so congratulatory to the Honduran people, is also quite pointed in its criticism of the actions of Obama Administration–Senator DeMint definitely implied what he didn’t explicitly state. This, dear friends, is how Southerners slice and dice ’em.
The Honduran people are to be congratulated. They held their freedom dear against the world.
Fausta has more links at her post: The Honduran election Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean.
H/T: Wall Street Journal (via Hot Air); Jim DeMint, U.S. Senator, South Carolina, News Room; Fausta’s Blog.