(Reuters) - Opposition candidate Porfirio Lobo was elected president of Honduras on Sunday in a vote that has put the United States at odds with leftist governments in Latin America.
Despite the controversy, the election may yet calm a five-month crisis in the Central America country begun when the army overthrew leftist Zelaya in June and flew him into exile.
The United States sees the elections as a way out of Central America’s worst political crisis in decades, but some Latin American governments threaten not to recognize the winner if Zelaya is not reinstated.
Here are some key facts about Lobo:
* The 61-year-old Lobo is a prosperous grain and cattle farmer with extensive lands in the fertile eastern region of Honduras. Like Zelaya, he is from the province of Olancho, known for pistol- and machete-toting men with a macho streak.
* Lobo, from the opposition National Party, is a member of Honduras’ traditional ruling elite. He narrowly lost the last presidential election to Zelaya in 2005.
* Lobo’s party voted in Congress to back the coup against Zelaya but he did not take part in the vote and he has been careful to neither back nor criticize the coup. He was an early critic of Zelaya, accusing him of trying to extend his term in power.
* Lobo, which means “Wolf” in Spanish, has been married three times, is the father of 11 children and practices tae kwon do.
* The election winner has promised to persuade Brazil to recognize his victory. The South American giant is the main obstacle to international acceptance of the election.
Reporting by Mica Rosenberg and Gustavo Palencia; Editing by Kieran Murray