Honduras opens presidential elections

07:47, November 30, 2009      

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Honduras opened the country's general election at 7:16 a.m. local time (1316 GMT) Sunday amid a political crisis triggered by a military-backed coup which ousted President Manuel Zelaya to Costa Rica on June 28.


Elvin Santos, presidential candidate of the Liberal Party, shows his inked finger at a polling station in Tegucigalpa, capital of Honduras, Nov. 29, 2009. Honduras opened the country's general election at 7:16 p.m. local time (1316 GMT) Sunday amid a political crisis triggered by a military-backed coup which ousted President Manuel Zelaya to Costa Rica on June 28. (Xinhua/Rafael Ochoa)


About 4.6 million Hondurans were registered to vote on Sunday to choose the country's president, three vice presidents, 128 deputies to the National Congress, 20 members of the Central American parliament, and 298 mayors among more than 13,000 candidates.

The electoral authorities have established more than 5, 200 voting centers across the country and abroad, including six centers in the United States.

Among the five presidential candidates, only two were believed to stand greater chance to win the presidency: Porfirio Lobo of the National Party and Elvin Santos of the Liberal Party.

Source: Xinhua
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