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Caribbean & Central America - March 2020

HONDURAS: Hernández ends speculation over Maccih

“A negative step in the fight against corruption and impunity”. This was the response by the Organization of American States (OAS) to the announcement that, after failing to reach an agreement with the Partido Nacional (PN) government led by President Juan Orlando Hernández, the OAS-sponsored Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (Maccih) would end its mandate on 19 January after nearly four years in the country. President Hernández’s insistence that anti-corruption efforts would continue albeit on a national level is unlikely to assuage concerns which have intensified since the October 2019 conviction by a US court of Hernández’s brother, Juan Antonio Hernández, for drug-related crimes which implicate the PN and Hernández himself.

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