No Invitation for President Lobo

President Porfirio Lobo Sosa is the only head of state from Latin America who was not invited to the inauguration of Brazil’s president-elect, Ms. Dilma Rousseff. 47 other heads of state in the region will be attending.

The official reason for the exclusion is that Brazil does not recognize him as the “legitimate president”.

A spokesperson for the Brazilian Foreign Ministry said, “He was not invited because he is simply not recognized as President by the Brazilian government.”

Brazil has not recognized the government of Honduras since the November elections, and has said it can only normalize relations with Honduras if Manuel Zelaya Rosales is able to return to Honduras with full guarantees and no threats to his freedom.

Brazil has also opposed the readmission of Honduras to the Organization of American States (OAS), and has only participated in various regional summits if President Lobo was not invited.

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