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Gallup: 73pc in Honduras say vote will solve coup

Gallup: 73pc in Honduras say vote will solve coup

Three out of four Hondurans believe a political crisis that began with a coup four months ago will be resolved when they go to the polls next month to elect a new president, according to a CID-Gallup Poll released Tuesday.
Seventy-three percent of those surveyed said they believe the Nov. 29 election, which was scheduled before President Manuel Zelaya was ousted, will open the way to calming the nation's divide over the rightful government.
Gallup said 42 percent of the 1,420 people polled felt Zelaya is the legitimate president, while 36 percent cited Roberto Micheletti, who was chosen by Congress to be interim president after the June 28 coup. Eighteen percent of the respondents said neither man is the real president, and 3 percent had no opinion.
Fifty-two percent said they had a favorable impression of Zelaya, compared with 41 percent who expressed similar views of Micheletti.
Gallup said the poll had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.
Zelaya was ousted by the army after he defied Supreme Court orders to cancel a referendum on rewriting the constitution. He is at the Brazilian Embassy, where he took refuge after sneaking back into Honduras on Sept. 21 from his forced exile.
Since then a series of negotiations on ending the political impasse have fallen through, and demonstrations have disrupted a capital city already plagued with poverty and violence.
On Tuesday, gunmen kidnapped an 81-year-old businessman whose son is the deputy defense minister. The attack followed reports Monday from police that Micheletti's nephew had been shot dead execution-style


Updated : 2021-06-25 12:10 GMT+08:00