Weekly Report - 07 December 2017 (WR-17-48)

HONDURAS: Electoral crisis deepens

There is no end in sight to the disputed presidential elections in Honduras. After a tortuously slow count the supreme electoral tribunal (TSE) finally revealed that at the end of the count President Juan Orlando Hernández had won some 50,000 more votes than his chief rival Salvador Nasralla. Hernández appeared intent on riding roughshod over opposition protests denouncing electoral fraud, declaring a state of emergency and a 10-day dusk-to-dawn curfew. But after part of the police refused to enforce it, Hernández was compelled to acknowledge some concerns. The general secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) argued that unless “irregularities” were satisfactorily cleared up it could recommend “a new call for elections”.

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