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Weekly Report - 31 January 2019 (WR-19-04)

HONDURAS: Electoral reforms approved

“The most important electoral reforms in the country’s history.” This is the response by the president of the legislative assembly, Mauricio Oliva, of the ruling Partido Nacional (PN), to a series of constitutional changes passed last week by the 128-member legislature. The changes incorporate recommendations to have emerged from the national dialogue facilitated by the United Nations (UN), which ended last year without a formal agreement [WR-18-50]. The dialogue was called to address the post-electoral crisis surrounding the controversial November 2017 re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernández which the opposition presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla maintains was fraudulent. Yet with thousands taking to the streets in protests held to mark the first year of Hernández’s current mandate, the approval of these reforms appears to have done little to calm political tensions.

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