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Honduran Voters Hope to Leave Political Chaos Behind

New America Media//The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Audio, Marcelo Ballv Posted: Nov 30, 2009

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Hondurans voted on Sunday to make conservative rancher Porfirio Lobo their next president. Preliminary official results showed the opposition National Party candidate, Lobo, with 56 percent of the vote over his main opponent, Elvin Santos of the ruling Liberal Party. Shortly before midnight, Santos conceded defeat.

All eyes also were on the level of turnout, which elections officials said was around 60 percent of registered voters. The recent political turmoil appeared to motivate voters to show up at the polls, reports Marcelo Ballv of New America Media, who is in Honduras covering the elections for the NewsHour.

"Some of them said that they thought that this election was particularly important for Honduras to put the sort of chaotic months that they've had since June 28 behind them," Ballv said. "They really wanted to see the country put this behind them."

Lobo is viewed as the "law and order" candidate and a change to the government that has been in charge for the past four years, noted Ballv.

Listen to his report here.

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