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Coups Still Rule Change in Latin America

Monday, 23 November 2009 09:43 PM

If he holds his handy lead in the polls, Porfirio (Pepe) Lobo will be the next President of Honduras.

Problem is, the last man elected to that office, Manuel Zelaya, was ousted last summer in a military coup.

That makes it unlikely that any nation — except maybe the U.S. — will recognize Lobo if he wins the Nov. 29 election.

But as he relaxes in his opulent house near Honduras' capital Tegucigalpa after a day of campaigning, Lobo sounds unfazed. "I practice Taekwondo for serenity," he says with his trademark Cheshire cat smile. "We have to hold this election, and the world has to recognize it, because Hondurans have to move on."

Honduras, in fact, is the latest example of how little progress Central America has made since the coups, civil wars and corruption of the past.

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