TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) _ Opposition candidate Mel Zelaya, who vowed to develop the Honduran economy by eliminating government corruption, is the country's new president, the top election official said Monday even while ordering a recount.

Aristides Mejia, president of the national election institute, did not give vote tallies for Zelaya or his opponent, ruling National Party candidate Porfirio Lobo Sosa.

``Hondurans have a president-elect ... and it is Zelaya,'' Mejia told Channel 5.

Late Sunday, the institute said voting trends favored Zelaya, who received 50.8 percent of the vote, compared with Lobo Sosa's 44.2 percent.

Official vote tallies were not expected until later Monday at the earliest.