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As Honduran President Prepares for New Term, Doubts Persist Regarding Vote Count

LADB Article ID: 80492
Category/Department: Honduras
Date: 2018-01-11
By: George Rodríguez

The messy outcome of the recent presidential election in Honduras was nothing close to a surprise, considering the fact that, by nature, politics in this Central American nation are, at best, complicated. In the aftermath of the election, Salvador Nasralla of the opposition Alianza de Oposición Contra la Dictadura (Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship), announced that he had won the election over incumbent Juan Orlando Hernández of the rightist Partido Nacional (National Party, PN), Shortly after that, Hernández did exactly the same. After much back and forth, Hernández appeared to go ahead of Nasralla, by a 1.23-point margin Opposition anger immediately erupted, with the alliance saying it would not accept the new results and warning that the expected election fraud had been committed. Coalition sympathizers immediately and massively took to highways and streets countrywide, setting tires on fire to form barricades. Hernández eventually prevailed. However, legitimacy, or more specifically, the lack of it, will undoubtedly haunt Hernández’s second term.

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