Festive Left Friday Blogging: Ladies and gentlemen, the future president of Honduras is…

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Looks like Honduras is slated to get a Cristina Fernández of its own, at least if polls hold true:

Honduran ex-foreign minister Patricia Rodas predicted the victory of candidate Xiomara Castro de Zelaya in the presidential elections of next November, in spite of threats and violence in the Central American country.

“On November 24, we will reverse the coup d’état,” affirmed the director of the Libertad y Refundación party (Libre), which has put forward the wife of former president Manuel Zelaya, ousted in 2009, as their candidate.

Rodas celebrated the decision of the Working Group of the São Paulo Forum, which, during a meeting in the Brazilian city, had decided to accompany the progressive and leftist forces in Honduras during the coming elections.

“In the months to come, we will start a campaign with terrible difficulties, permanent threats, and an escalation in violence and murder,” Rodas said.

Rodas stated that Honduras has become the most insecure country in the world, “by combining insecurity and repression with no clear borders.”

“We have to confront the right-wing’s fear of the return of the people to power, to rebuild what they tried to destroy with the coup,” Rodas said.

The convoking of a Constituent Assembly to write a new constitution is one of the principal proposals of the Libre Party, Rodas said.

She added that even now, there are still institutions in Honduras operating under colonial concepts. She stated that with the candidacy of Xiomara Castro, a process of profound changes will begin in that Central American land.

A Paradigma poll, conducted yesterday in Tegucigalpa, put the former first lady and now presidential candidate at the head of electoral preferences.

Translation mine.

Honduras has the highest murder rates in Latin America, and the coup d’état made that problem what it is today. You might hear a lot of bleating and blatting about Venezuela, but Honduras has higher per-capita murder rates by far. And if you’ve heard about that, you obviously didn’t get it from your mainstream media, either. Their stated objective, as far as Honduras goes, is to promote the coup and cover up its abuses, and paint Manuel Zelaya as the baddie in the whole sorry affair.

So it’s no secret why Xiomara Castro already enjoys great popularity going in. Her husband started a progressive program for the country, ushering Honduras into the beneficial ALBA alliance, and at the time of the coup, things were just getting underway for the constitutional rewrite that he had promised during his own election campaign. Had it not been for the coup, Honduras would have had a new, democratic constitution four years ago. And now, it’s getting the chance to do it again.

Adelante, adelante, la lucha es constante…

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