Weekly Report - 02 December 2021 (WR-21-48)

Honduras to embark on new era after Castro sweeps to power

The term ‘historic victory’ is overused in politics, but it is apt to describe the triumph in the presidential elections on 28 November by Xiomara Castro. In the 183 years since Honduran independence in 1838, with the exception of 19 years of military rule and 191 days when an independent president or a council of ministers was at the helm, Honduras has been ruled by either the centrist Partido Liberal (PL) or the right-wing Partido Nacional (PN) (or the Partido Conservador that the PN superseded upon its formation in 1904). Time was finally called on that political duopoly when Castro won an emphatic victory for the left-wing Partido Libertad y Refundación (Libre). On 27 January 2022 Castro will become the 38th Honduran president, and the first female elected to the post.

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