Chavist candidate Xiomara Castro seemed on track Monday morning to become the first female president of Honduras after 38.94% of the votes had been counted. Castro, a former first lady whose husband Manuel Zelaya was ousted by a coup in 2009, had obtained 53.44% of the votes, according to the National Electoral Council (CNE), after Sunday's elections.
Both leading presidential candidates in crime-wracked Honduras declared victory late Sunday, setting the stage for a possible round of street protests and violence in one the world's deadliest countries. With more than half the votes counted, conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez was ahead with 34% against 29% for populist Xiomara Castro.
Four years after her husband was ousted in a coup, Honduran populist presidential candidate Xiomara Castro is threatening to break the century-old dominance of right-wing parties in Sunday's elections.
The Organization of American States voted Wednesday to readmit Honduras into the regional body. Ecuador was the only country to vote against the measure, which was approved 31-1.
Central American countries and Mexico requested Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos to help reconcile positions with Southern Cone countries so that former president Manuel Zelaya could return to Honduras, revealed Colombian Foreign Affairs minister Maria Angela Holguin in an interview with Bogotá’s El Espectador.
Honduran former president Manuel Zelaya, whose ouster almost two years ago led to Honduras’ expulsion from the Organization of American States, OAS, returned home from exile Saturday following an agreement brokered by Colombia and Venezuela
Mercosur described the reconciliation agreement reached by Honduras president Porfirio Lobo and his predecessor Manuel Zelaya, ousted in 2009, as a fundamental step in the process of normalizing relations in the hemisphere.
Colombia and Venezuela brokered an agreement between Honduras's incumbent president and its deposed former leader to try to help the Central American nation be readmitted to the Organization of American States.
Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says he won't return to Honduras for fear of being killed. Zelaya says he is in danger because there are people who want to liquidate me and are still alive, and they have great power.
Honduras is planning to close embassies in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela countries which do not recognize the government of President Porfirio Lobo.