A press release from the office of Colin Burgon MP welcomes comments by Foreign Office Minister Chris Bryant this week that the Honduran elections held on Sunday cannot be "valid" as they did not take place under elected President Manuel Zelaya.
In a House of Commons debate on Tuesday December 1, Bryant said: “We made it clear before the elections that we believed that President Zelaya should not have been removed from power, and that if the elections were to be valid, they had to be engaged in under President Zelaya."
Bryant added: "Without his return before the end of his term, which is at the end of January, it will be impossible to believe that those were proper elections. However, we recognise and welcome the fact that the elections that did take place did so in a peaceful situation."
For the full text of the media statement, see below.
The FMLN have won El Salvador’s presidential elections, ending two decades of conservative rule by the ARENA party. Mauricio Funes (FMLN) took 51.3% of the vote to Rodrigo Avila’s (ARENA) 48.7%.
Salvadorans are voting today (March 15) to choose their next president and vice-president.
The BBC reports that final opinion polls gave centre-left FMLN candidate Mauricio Funes a slight lead.
If he wins, it will be the first time the FMLN has gained power since the bloody civil war two decades ago.
Tom Shannon, the top Latin America diplomat at the US state department, has said Washington will respect the choice of the Salvadoran people, and work with whoever is elected.
According to Reuters, tens of thousands of Salvadoran immigrants in the United States flew home to vote.
Electoral observers wanted in El Salvador
The Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (CIS) is organising two election observer missions in 2009. The first will be from January 12-20 to observe the mayoral and legislative elections, and the second from March 9-17 for the presidential elections. CIS is looking for volunteers to help contribute to free and fair elections and generate a safe environment for democratic participation.
Alvaro Colom, a soft-spoken textile businessman representing the National Unity for Hope (UNE) party, won Guatemala’s presidential election in early November. In a second round ballot, he received 52.8 percent of the vote, beating General Otto Pérez Molina, a former head of army intelligence, by around 5.6 percentage points. “It is a ‘no’ to Guatemala’s tragic history,” Colom said when asked if the vote was a rejection of the country's military past.
Chain-smoker Colom, whose party symbol is a peace dove, says Guatemala will only cut crime by attacking poverty and removing corrupt police and judges. The election campaign was marred by violence, with more than 50 political party activists or candidates for Congress or local elections killed.
BY THE MORNING of November 6, the day after the election, it was clear Daniel Ortega was going to win the presidency. We were in the traditional FSLN stronghold of Estelí, and the atmosphere was intoxicating. Groups of Sandinistas drove around in an ever expanding motorcade, waving flags, cheering and hugging everybody. We arrived back in Managua that night to dancing in the streets, and the next night the party was still going on.
ON NOVEMBER 7, the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) declared FSLN candidate Daniel Ortega president-elect of Nicaragua. Jubilant Sandinista supporters filled the streets of Managua, waving red and black flags and celebrating the party's return to power after 16 years of US-backed neoliberal governments.