U.S. congressmen meet Honduran post-coup president

11:03, October 03, 2009      

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A group of visiting U.S. Republican congressmen met with Honduran post-coup president Roberto Micheletti Friday.

Led by Senator Jim Demint and Representatives Doug Lamborn, Aaron Schock and Peter Roskam, the group also met Honduran Supreme Court judges, Supreme Electoral Tribunal officials and presidential candidates.

After the meeting, presidential candidates held a press conference in Honduras' Palace of Government.

Elvin Santos, presidential candidate for the right-wing Liberal Party, said the U.S. legislators had committed to help Honduras to safeguard people's right to a fair electoral process.

"We will not allow any arrangement that is not within the framework of the law," Santos said.

Porfirio Lobo Sosa, from the National Party, another right-wing party, said that "our proposal has always been that dialogue should be a fundamental part of the process, that no forced decision will be convenient for Honduras."

The candidates called for "a due electoral process", saying that is the solution to the political crisis in the country, which is under international pressure after the June 28 coup.

Absent from the meeting were two left wing presidential candidates, Cesar Ham from the Unified Democratic Party and CarlosH. Reyes, an independent.

U.S. Republican senators Connie Mack and Brian Bilbray met with Micheletti at the end of July.

Source: Xinhua
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