Weekly Report - 25 November 2021 (WR-21-47)

HONDURAS: Final stages of campaign overshadowed by violence

No fewer than four election-related murders took place between 13-15 November, reigniting concerns about violence ahead of the 28 November general elections. With presidential candidate for the leftist main opposition Alianza por el Pueblo alliance, Xiomara Castro, the current frontrunner, ahead of Tegucigalpa mayor Nasry Asfura, of the conservative ruling Partido Nacional (PN) [WR-21-44], which has been in office since 2010, election-watchers fear a repeat of the violence, irregularities and polarisation afflicting the 2017 vote. This in turn illustrates Honduras’s continued failure to recover from the hammer blow dealt to its democratic institutions by the 2009 coup which ejected Castro’s husband Manuel Zelaya (2006-2009).

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