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Weekly Report - 11 January 2018 (WR-18-01)

HONDURAS: Hernández prepares to take office

At the start of the New Year, President Juan Orlando Hernández announced that he would mark his assumption of office on 27 January for a second term with a “simple ceremony”. His efforts to draw a line under the controversial presidential election on 26 November come as the electoral authorities (TSE) last week confirmed his narrow victory (42.95%-41.42%) against Salvador Nasralla, of the Alianza de Oposición contra la Dictadura, after rejecting appeals against the result. The US government’s decision, announced last month, to recognise Hernández’s victory could prove decisive, with other key countries following suit. However, Nasralla continues to dispute the result, emboldened by the stance of the Organization of American States (OAS).

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