Honduras opposition leader loses election despite recount


partial recount of votes from the disputed Honduras presidential election showed broadly the same result as previously, says the Honduras’ electoral tribunal.

It means that current President Juan Orlando Hernandez will likely win the election, however, the tribunal has until December 26 to officially declare a winner. The tribunal did not specify exactly how many votes from the November 26 election were recounted.

Salvador Nasralla, who is the leader of Honduras’ main opposition, Alianza de Oposición contra la Dictadura, had accused election authorities of purposefully altering the results of last month’s election in favor of Hernández.

Hernández narrowly won the vote — however, initially he was down 5 percentage points, until eventually rising and winning by 1.6 percentage points. A partial recount is being held after increasing protests that this swing seemed irregular. The recount was requested by the regional body the Organisation for American States (OAS).

Ahead of the electoral tribunal decision, thousands were in the streets protesting in favor of both sides. This led to the deaths of 14 people as the protests became violent. In response, the government imposed a curfew, until it was lifted on Friday.

Hernandez’s bid for a second term was made possible by a 2015 Supreme Court decision on term limits (Guardian).

 

 

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