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Presidential election in Honduras: the candidate of the left confirms her advance

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Ms. Castro, 62, obtained 53.61% of the vote, far ahead of her National Party (PN, right) opponent Nasry Asfura, who won 33.87% of the vote, after the counting of 51.45% of the votes.

As early as Sunday evening, Xiomara Castro, wife of former President Manuel Zelaya, overthrown in 2009 by a coup, claimed victory. We won!, she had launched in front of her supporters gathered at the headquarters of her LIBRE party.

“Historical” level of participation

In this Central American country of 10 million people, plagued by the violence of drug traffickers, who have spread their corruption to the highest state level, voter turnout has grown to a staggering level. level historical exceeding 60%, according to the National Electoral Council (CNE).

the CNE urged candidates and voters to wait for the final results.

However, fireworks, shouts of joy and processions of honking cars celebrated the candidate’s victory in the night in Tegucigalpa.

Ms. Xiomara Castro promised on Sunday evening to form a government of reconciliation and to establish a participative democracy. I reach out to my opponents because I have no enemies, she said, promising to hunt hatred, corruption, drug trafficking, organized crime ….

National Party candidate Nasry Asfura pledged to respect the outcome of the vote and demanded that no not a drop of blood.

The demonstrations of the night were peaceful.

We owe this tranquility to this clear result, but we still lack a lot of democratic maturity. If there were only a difference of one or two points, we would be in a different, complicated context.

A quote from Eugenio Sosa, sociologist at the National University

The authorities had mobilized 42,000 soldiers and police to monitor the vote and ward off possible disturbances. In addition to their president, voters had to elect deputies and mayors.

Honduras has been ruled for more than ten years by the National Party, under the rule of Juan Orlando Hernandez, suspected by the United States of being involved in drug trafficking.

We need a change, however painful it is. There are so many poor, suffering, testifies Hermer Sorto Paz, priest of the tourist village of Santa Lucia, about ten kilometers from Tegucigalpa.

Feeling the wind turn, the PN had toughened the tone of her campaign, calling the leader of LIBRE a Communist and vilifying his proposals to legalize abortion and same-sex marriage.

In 2013, Mr. Hernandez had beaten Xiomara Castro by a short head and then flouted the Constitution to run for a second term in 2017. His questionable re-election on the wire against television star Salvador Nasralla had unleashed violent demonstrations.

Poverty for some 60% of the population

If her victory is confirmed, Ms. Castro will have to rule a country scarred by gang violence, drug trafficking and the consequences of two devastating hurricanes that devastated in 2020 the country where 59% of the population lives in poverty.

Every year, tens of thousands of Hondurans try to join the one million compatriots who have fled violence and misery, the overwhelming majority in the United States.

Unemployment has almost doubled in one year due in particular to the coronavirus pandemic, going from 5.7% in 2019 to 10.9% in 2020.

With a homicide rate of 37.6 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2020, Honduras is also one of the most dangerous countries in the world (excluding conflict zones).

That (the politicians) keep their promises, wishes Abril Moncada, a 30-year-old student who voted in a middle-class neighborhood of Tegucigalpa. Corruption … there will be some whoever is elected, resigns José Zelaya, 45 years old.

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