Saturday, November 28, 2009

Santos: if I win, I will withdraw Honduras from ALBA

Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  The presidential candidate for the Liberal Party (PL), Elvin Santos said he will withdraw Honduras from the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA) if he's elected at the polls this Sunday.

"I do not believe that (Honduras) should remain in the alliance because it has not been proven to have benefits for the country," Santos said in a press conference.

In fact, the accession of Honduras to the bloc championed by President Hugo Chávez "has created a huge problem that today has our society polarized," he said.

Honduras is part of the Alliance since August 2008, when then-deposed president Manuel Zelaya shifted to the left after being elected by the Liberal Party.

Translated from El Heraldo

The Honduran Liberal Party, despite its name, is actually a right of center party. Even though Elvin Santos is behind in the polls, this eleventh hour announcement could make fence-sitters decide to vote for him tomorrow. As a result of the nightmarish situation we've had to live through these past several months after Manuel Zelaya sold out to Hugo Chavez and attempted to force a socialist form of government on us, Hondurans have a strong aversion to ALBA and everything Chavez-related. This was a genius move by Mr. Santos.

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