For the Night of 29 November 2009
Honduras: As Mary O'Grady reported in the Wall Street Journal, the conduct of today's presidential and Congressional elections is a tribute to the fortitude of the leadership in standing up to the United States and the anti-US front led by hugo chavez.
Preliminary official results showed Porfirio Lobo, of the opposition National Party, with 56% support with more than 60% of the tally sheets counted. Ruling party candidate Elvin Santos conceded defeat to Lobo. Election officials said more than 60% of registered voters cast ballots Sunday.
Neither Zelaya nor Marcheletti were candidates. The fact of the elections without Zelaya is the crowning achievement of Honduran democracy.
The Journal article wrote, "The losers in this drama include Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Spain, which all did their level best to block the election." The Journal entitled the article, "Honduras defeats Chavez" and would have been justified in including the Organization of American States and the Clinton State Department.
This is a study in democracy. This is tonight's good news.
End of NightWatch for 29 November.
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