Ruling party candidate Santos accepts defeat in Honduras election

18:32, November 30, 2009      

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Presidential candidate of the Ruling Liberal Party Elvin Santos accepted midnight Sunday his defeat in the general election of Honduras.

During a brief speech, broadcast by national TV and radio stations, Santos said that he accepted his defeat because "the winner in these elections was the democracy and the Honduran people who defended it attending to vote."

Santos added that "today (Sunday) a new stage is inaugurated in which we will continue participating with all our energy."

Santos also urged his followers to be part of the national unity "to assure the victory of the Honduran people."

Santos called on his followers to accept the defeat and continue working with the winning party of the election to work in favor of this Central American country.

So far, 65 percent of the votes have been counted, with presidential candidate of the opposition National Party, Porfirio Lobo, winning 56 percent of the vote, well ahead of second-placed Santos with 38 percent.

More than 4.6 million Honduran were summoned on Sunday to choose the next president, three vice presidents, deputies to the National Congress, deputies to the Central American Parliament (Parlacen) and mayors.

Sunday's vote came five months after former Honduras President Manuel Zelaya was toppled in a June coup.

Neither Zelaya nor interim leader Roberto Micheletti took part in the presidential race.

Source: Xinhua
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