Liberal Party candidate says Honduras to quit ALBA if wins presidential race

11:33, November 29, 2009      

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The presidential candidate of Honduras' Liberal Party, Elvin Santos, said Saturday that if he wins Sunday's elections he will withdraw Honduras from the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA).

He told a press conference in Tegucigalpa that Honduras "has not evaluated yet the benefits that ALBA has brought. However, we know it has brought us problems."

Santos said he does not agree that Honduras would continue to be part of that regional group until they know the real benefits it has brought to the country, because "it has brought us an enormous problem that currently has divided our people."

Honduras joined ALBA in August 2008 during the administration of the ousted President Manuel Zelaya, who is also from the Liberal Party.

According to the Social, External Debt and Development Forum of Honduras, 74 percent of the aid sent to Honduras in 2008 came from Venezuela, the promoter of ALBA.

Santos said the general elections are the solution to the current political crisis in the country.

Honduras will vote on Sunday to choose a president, three vice presidents, 128 deputies to the Congress, and 298 mayors.

Source: Xinhua
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