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(07/20/09) -

Deposed Zelaya Outranks Successor in Honduras

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Hondurans are split in their assessment of Manuel Zelaya, according to a poll by CID-Gallup published in La Prensa. 46 per cent of respondents have a favourable opinion of the deposed president, while 44 per cent hold unfavourable views.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Hondurans are split in their assessment of Manuel Zelaya, according to a poll by CID-Gallup published in La Prensa. 46 per cent of respondents have a favourable opinion of the deposed president, while 44 per cent hold unfavourable views.

However, only 30 per cent of respondents have a favourable opinion of Roberto Micheletti, the Congress leader who was appointed as interim president following Zelaya’s ouster.

In November 2005, Zelaya—candidate of the Liberal Party (PL)—won the presidential election with 49.9 per cent of all cast ballots, defeating National Party (PN) nominee Porfirio Lobo Sosa. Less than 69,000 votes separated the two contenders. Zelaya took office in January 2006.

On Jun. 28, Zelaya was forced out of the country by a group of military officers and flown to Costa Rica. Micheletti, also a Liberal, was appointed interim president that same day.

Zelaya had ordered a referendum seeking to enact a new constitution that would scrap presidential term limits, angering political opponents and allies alike, as well as the country’s Constitutional Court, which had previously ruled that the referendum was illegal.

Zelaya has not been allowed to return to Honduras since the coup. World leaders have unanimously condemned the ouster of a democratically elected president.

On Jul. 11, former Cuban president Fidel Castro discussed the possible effects of the current situation in Honduras, writing, "A wave of coups threatens to sweep away many Latin American governments. The authority of many civilian governments in Central and South America will become weakened."

Polling Data

Do you have a favourable or unfavourable opinion of Manuel Zelaya?

Favourable

46%

Unfavourable

44%

Not sure

10%

Do you have a favourable or unfavourable opinion of Roberto Micheletti?

Favourable

30%

Unfavourable

49%

Not sure

21%

Source: CID-Gallup / La Prensa
Methodology: Interviews to 1,204 Honduran adults, conducted from Jun. 30 to Jul. 4, 2009. Margin of error is 2.8 per cent.