The South American trade bloc Mercosur announced on Tuesday that it will not recognize the results of Honduras' post-coup election because the country refused to let ousted President Manuel Zelaya return and serve out his term.
Mercosur "emphatically refuses to recognize the results of elections held ... in an unconstitutional, illegitimate and illegal environment," the group said in a statement read by Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez, whose nation hosted the summit. Mercosur members also include Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
Soldiers rousted Zelaya from his bed and flew him out of the country in a June 28 coup supported by the Honduran Congress and the Supreme Court after he refused to drop a referendum aimed at rewriting the constitution.
The coup drew immediate condemnation from countries around the world, including the US, which suspended millions of dollars in aid in response.