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Opposition candidate Nasralla leads Honduran election count

According to the first official results, the leftist candidate advantage the current Honduran President by 5 points, with 57% of the polls counted

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Opposition candidate Nasralla leads Honduran election count

The leftist opposition candidate, Salvador Nasralla, is projected as winner of presidential elections in Honduras, above current president, Juan Orlando Hernández, according to first official results announced this Monday by court Supreme Electoral (TSE) of country. The two main candidates for presidency had already declared, this Sunday, winners of elections held that same day. In first count of votes, announced by TSE 10 hours after closing of ballot boxes and with 57% of polls counted, Nasralla had 45.17% of votes, compared to 40.21% of Hernández, reports agency AFP.

After knowing first partial count, current president of country has insisted before his followers that result is not definitive: "The fact of Tribunal is not conclusive because it only collects results of main cities of country, that" It represents only 20% of votes. The remaining 80% favors us, so we have to be careful, patient and take process to end, said Hernandez. Meanwhile, opposition candidate has argued to have a sustained advantage over his opponent. "Given that trend does not change, I can tell you that I am new president of Honduras," said euphoric Nasralla, according to France Presse.

At about one o'clock in morning, Hondurans were still unaware of name of new president in a long wait that fuels suspicions about electoral organ, which, with argument of waiting to have a greater number of counted records, prolonged uncertainty in A society so polarized that it does not need new chapters of suspense. The candidates also played pressure on election night and both declared mselves this Sunday winners mobilizing ir followers.

Juan Orlando Hernández at headquarters of National Party this Sunday Edgard GARRIDO REUTERS

"We have won elections, our data and polls say," said current president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, in front of dozens of followers on Sunday night. The current president also recognized via Twitter that he had received congratulations of Presidents of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales and of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, who would have done it without known official result.

Hernandez, a 49-year-old lawyer, sought to be re-elected in office for four more years because Supreme Court, composed of like-minded members, allowed him in 2015 to present himself to elections despite protests by opposition, who ensures that decision It's against Constitution.

On opposite side images were also atrical joy. "There was fraud, it is not possible that re are squares where we have zero votes," cried candidate Salvador Nasralla who appeared before Hondurans with his wife who qualified as "First lady." According to his data, more than 5,000 minutes, he won by a difference of more than 100,000 votes. "You must be cheeky to do what you are doing," he said.

Already in early morning, popular sports announcer again appeared before his own to say that according to 68% of recorded records, he was winner of elections with 45% of votes against 40% achieved by Juan Orlando.

Former President Manuel Zelaya, this Sunday Fernando Antonio AP

"We won election." We have more votes in minutes than Juan Orlando Hernández. In 2013, fraud against Xiomara Castrata was in minutes, but this time it is not possible to hide, denounced former president Manuel Zelaya, who said he had access to 3,000 records posted.

Rumors of fraud overflew day, but international observers, more than 600, including Ambassador of France to Honduras as part of European delegation, endorsed clean-up of day and said that vote was held in "calm" and with " Transparency ".

The present senses, Juan Orlando Hernandez, is played continue in office four more year, an unprecedented event in Honduras that already attempted Zelaya, with an illegal referendum in 2009, and that cost him position when he was expelled from power by a civic-military junta that sent him from Ma Drugada and in Pyjamas to Costa Rica. At that time Zelaya was accused of conspiring to achieve presidential re-election, something forbidden by Magna Carta, which includes non-re-election between his articles ' stony ' or untouchable.

Juan Orlando, came to elections backed by proper economic management and reduced violence, but has also been criticized for cases of corruption affecting his party and some of his ministers. In addition, y reproach him for control he exerts of institutions where he has placed people in key positions and by its media dimension, focused on exalting almost messianically his personal figure, as only one able to manage reins of country.

Opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla this Sunday O. SIERRA AFP

For his part, Salvador Nasralla presents himself as candidate of front of opposition alliance against dictatorship, which arose after ruling of High Court that allowed re-election of Juan Orlando and of which it is part of party of Zelaya, Freedom and Refoundation ( Free). This training also presents as a candidate for Congress Olivia Zúñiga Cáceres, daughter of ecologist Berta Cáceres, murdered in March 2016. Nasralla has called for a protest demonstration on Monday to what he considers an "electoral fraud".

The challenges do not wait for new president, who will face some of problems of one of most unequal societies in continent: corruption, violence and lack of opportunity.

Corruption fully affects national Party, including former ruler, Porfirio Lobo, whose son was sentenced to 24 years in prison in a U.S. court accused of drug trafficking, as well as Zelaya himself. At same time, violence, despite decline in homicide rates, is maintained at high levels even for a Latin American context.

In 2014, San Pedro Sula, administrative capital of country, recorded a rate of 142 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, by 81 of Tegucigalpa or 95 of La Ceiba, third locality, according to data from observatory of violence of National University Autonomous (UNAH). Honduras closed 2016 with 5,154 homicides, 59 per 100,000 inhabitants. In addition, re is a lack of opportunities for tens of thousands of Hondurans to emigrate from country every year.


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