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Honduras President Begins Second Term Amid Controversy

LADB Article ID: 80517
Category/Department: Honduras
Date: 2018-02-08
By: George Rodríguez

As if following a script, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández’s swearing-in for his second term in office took place on Jan. 27 in a militarized setting, with thousands of cheering sympathizers, while soldiers and police gassed opposition demonstrators nearby.The ceremony at the Tiburcio Carías Andino Stadium, named after the military dictator who ruled this country for 16 years between 1933 and 1949, took place in the midst of a political crisis unleashed by the results of the presidential vote in the Nov. 26 general elections, which Hernández won, according to the results released by the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE).The center-left opposition alliance, the Alianza de Oposición Contra la Dictadura, rejected the official figures and accused the TSE of having committed election fraud in favor of the incumbent, Hernández, who heads the ruling Partido Nacional (National Party, PN). Knowing Hernández’s second consecutive swearing-in would be marked by a massive protest, the stadium in Tegucigalpa, the country’s capital, was protected by a major-scale security operation, with hundreds of troops from the military and the police.

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