Honduras went ahead with its scheduled election on Sunday, while ousted President Manuel Zelaya remained holed up in the Brazilian embassy. Porfirio Lobo Sosa of the opposition/conservative National Party won with 56% of the vote – story here. Turnout figures are highly controversial:
You are ignoring that there was also a protest element, they rejected the party that removed the president.
As I mentioned before, the best was that no one should had come a winner in this situation, not Zelaya, but even less the coup plotters, I still think that to discourage other coups the coup plotters need to suffer, if not in Honduras, economic sanctions to any of their fortunes and business outside Honduras.
Zelaya was not going to run even on the last deal that was made, a deal that would had put Zelaya back just to demonstrate that the coup plotters had just lost symbolically, not even that was granted by the idiot Micheletti.
Incidentally the last deal was made with the help of the USA, The coup leaders decided to spit on the “allies”
Whatever the legality of the coup, it’s academic now. Zelaya was not eligible to run in this election. Might as well say that Allende is the current legal President of Chile despite several elections where other candidates won.
Zelaya’s position is that he’s the legitimate president only until his term expires in January. But that doesn’t mean the result is “academic.” The question is whether an election held under these circumstances can be considered legitimate. When Lobo takes office, he’s going to face denial of his legitimacy his whole term, both on-the-ground in Honduras and from other governments. It makes no difference, there, that no one else will be claiming to be the legitimate president of Honduras. The whole constitutional system will be in question.