Controversial election sparks Honduras protests

Controversial election sparks Honduras protests

Workers will down tools across Honduras today to protest last November’s contested election. Prior to the vote, pro-US incumbent Juan Hernandez was expected to win by a wide margin. However, after more than half the votes had been counted, his leftist opponent, Salvador Nasralla, was in the lead. Public updates of the count suspiciously halted

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Workers will down tools across Honduras today to protest last November’s contested election.

Prior to the vote, pro-US incumbent Juan Hernandez was expected to win by a wide margin. However, after more than half the votes had been counted, his leftist opponent, Salvador Nasralla, was in the lead. Public updates of the count suspiciously halted for more than a day, and Hernandez was later announced the victor.

Unrest has rocked the country ever since; at least 30 have been killed, according to an investigation by the Organisation of American States. The group recently called for a revote, announcing that November’s vote was marred by “extreme statistical improbability”.

Although dubious elections do not bode well for regional stability, it seems surrounding countries have largely accepted the results, including the US. However, internal opposition and political violence are expected to continue. If Hernandez remains in office, he will likely face an uphill battle for most of his presidency.

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