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Conservative Wins in Honduran Post-Coup Election

Sunday, 29 Nov 2009 11:01 PM

Several exit polls in the Honduran presidential election show that National Party candidate Porfirio Lobo has won.

The scheduled poll was held five months after President Manuel Zelaya was forced from the country at gunpoint, with an interim government taking over.

Although many members of the interim government belong to the Liberal party, they are expected to welcome his win.

Mr Lobo, a wealthy landowner, is seen as a unifying figure.

Official results have not yet been released, but exit polls showed he had 56% of the vote, and his nearest rival Elvin Santos had 38%, according to Channel 5 television and HRN radio.

Two other exit polls also had Mr Lobo ahead by more than 10 percentage points, Reuters news agency reported.

The president-elect will also have the challenge of mending relations with the outside world.

The US has indicated that it will accept the results, but many Latin American countries, including Brazil and Argentina, say they will not.

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