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U.S. Government Response to Elections

Despite criticism of the Nov. 29 Honduran election and continued political repression and censorship and violence against dissidents in Honduras, the State Department has continued to praise the new Lobo government. On Feb. 26, Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela remarked in the State Dept daily briefing: “The outcome in Honduras is a very successful case of standing for a very fundamental principle and that is that you cannot tolerate a coup d’etat in a country ... The election was an election that has been recognized by the international community as a valid one. It certainly reflected the desires of the Honduran people."