About the Author: Hugo Llorens serves as U.S. Ambassador to Honduras.
On Wednesday, January 27, I had the privilege of witnessing an important event in Honduran history. From the field of the Estadio Nacional (National Stadium) in Tegucigalpa and alongside the citizens of Honduras, I watched Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo Sosa be sworn in as the newly-elected President of Honduras. Felicitaciones to President Lobo and the citizens of Honduras!
This inauguration -- or “Toma de Posesion” -- was especially momentous in light of the June 28, 2009 coup d'etat. The U.S. delegation to the inauguration was headed by Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela. We all had a powerful sense that the ceremony symbolized a fresh start for the Honduran people with their new leader, President Lobo.
Amidst the ceremony and celebration, President Lobo took the reins and will attempt to lead the citizens of Honduras out of a difficult period of political turmoil and economic hardship. President Lobo now must focus his efforts on forging national reconciliation and improving the economic and human rights situation in Honduras. In his inaugural remarks, President Lobo underscored his commitment to these important issues. We look forward to working with his administration to help Honduras heal from their political crisis.
Again, I want to congratulate the citizens of Honduras and President Lobo on this critical accomplishment.