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Elections in Honduras: political progress or deepening crisis?

An opponent of the ousted Honduran President has won the race to become the next leader. But human rights activist Sergio Moncada says the elections are not recognized by most Latin America countries.

The US has agreed to recognize the legitimacy of Sunday's elections, saying Honduras is now moving closer to democracy with this election.

The move has angered many Honduran activists as well as other Latin Americans who say the result merely legitimizes the June coup, during which then President Manuel Zelaya was exiled at gunpoint. The deposed ex-president, who has been holed up in the Brazilian Embassy since secretly returning, described as a "fraud" the election in which he was barred from running.

Sergio Moncada, a co-founder of Hondurans for Democracy who opposes the election, says there were many civil rights abuses in the run-up to the day votes were cast.

“The elections that took place yesterday are not recognized by most of the countries in Latin America,” Moncada told RT. “In the past 5 months we have recorded 4,000 violations of human rights, including 3,000 illegal detentions and 23 political assassinations just prior to the elections.”

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