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The two main candidates are declared winners in the Honduran elections

Without official results, current President Juan Orlando Hernández and left-wing Salvador Nasralla claim to have official records that give them victory. International observers point out that the vote was clean

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The two main candidates are declared winners in the Honduran elections

The two main candidates for presidency of Honduras, conservative Juan Orlando Hernández and leftist Salvador Nasralla were declared winners of elections held this Sunday in Honduras.

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 winners by mobilizing ir followers.

"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.

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

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 appear in polls despite opposition protests, which ensures that decision is in 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 its data, more than 5,000 minutes, it won with 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.

"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.

Former President Manuel Zelaya, this Sunday Fernando Antonio AP

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 ". At close of this issue re was no positioning on counting process.

The present Juan Orlando Hernandez is played continue in office four more year, an unprecedented event in Honduras that Zelaya already attempted, 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 Madr Ugada 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 election backed by proper economic management and reduction of violence, 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 is presented as candidate of Front of alliance of opposition against dictatorship that arose after ruling of High Court that allowed re-election and of which party of Zelaya is part, freedom and refoundation (free). 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".

Pending official results, problems 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 ruling Porfirio Lobo, whose son was sentenced to 24 years in prison in a U.S. court indicted for drug trafficking, like 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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