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Honduran elections could overthrow long-ruling national party

Hondurans will choose a successor to deeply unpopular President Juan Orlando Hernández on Sunday in elections that could topple his National Party after 12 years in power

The level of distrust of Hondurans in the electoral process is such that many fear that there could be unrest in the streets, whoever wins.

This time, the companies located along the main axes of the capital are not taking any risks. Workers mounted sheets of plywood over their many windows on Saturday.

More than 5.1 million Hondurans are registered to vote at nearly 6,000 polling stations across the country. In addition to a new president, they will choose a new congress, new representatives in the Central American Parliament and a multitude of local races.

Experts say it will be a question of whether people dissatisfied with the National Party regime come forward in sufficient numbers to defeat the outgoing president’s powerful electoral apparatus. Hondurans have reported receiving phone calls from the National Party in recent days offering an assortment of payments or other government benefits and reminding them to vote. Some calls proposed to organize transport to the polling places.

Corruption is practiced with such impunity that Hondurans have turned their hopes to US federal prosecutors in New York. They obtained a life sentence for Hernández’s brother, Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernández, for drug trafficking, and accused the president of fueling his political rise with the proceeds of drugs, although they did not. have not charged. Juan Orlando Hernández has denied any wrongdoing.

The ground therefore seems favorable for Castro, but doubts remain as to the extent of the real changes it would bring. Her husband, José Manuel Zelaya, was ousted by the military in a coup in 2009. US prosecutors have also linked him to bribes from drug traffickers, which he denies also.


ABC News

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