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Brazil May Reconsider Recognizing Honduras Elections

Thursday, 03 December 2009 11:01 PM

BRASILIA - The decision made by the Honduran Congress to reject the restoration of ousted President Manuel Zelaya compelled Brazil to reconsider its stance of not recognizing the Nov. 29 elections.

On Wednesday, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim both reiterated that the government's position is to deny the legitimacy of the Honduran electoral process and not recognize the elected president, Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo.

However, they both immediately stated that they need time to evaluate the facts in Honduras and reposition their stance.

Local observers said the Brazilian foreign ministry's strategy is to wait for changes in Honduras' domestic politics to make its decision.

They added that the Brazilian diplomats are waiting for further cues from the Organization of American States (OAS) and other countries in the region.

The Brazilian officials also said the government may reconsider its decision if the Honduran authorities show respect for democratic principles, which they called a process of "democratic baptism."

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