Opposition candidate Lobo claims victory in Honduras election

18:33, November 30, 2009      

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Opposition candidate Porfirio Lobo has claimed victory in Honduras' presidential election on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters as he celebrated with supporters, Lobo said he would try to iron out differences and establish a united and stable new government to deliver on his campaign promises.

Lobo thanked the people for their "votes and trust," saying it is not time to "divide, but to add and multiply."

"Tomorrow we will start the political dialogue to make the nation's plan concrete," which will not leave anybody aside, "because we all are Hondurans," Lobo said.

Official preliminary results showed Lobo had gained 55.9 percent of the vote.

With more than 60 percent of the ballots counted, Lobo had widened his lead over archrival Elvin Santos from the ruling Liberal Party, who garnered 38 percent, the election authorities said citing preliminary results.

Santos has conceded defeat.

Sunday's vote came five months after President Manuel Zelaya was ousted in a coup. Zelaya and his supporters have boycotted the election.

Source: Xinhua
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