Juan Orlando Hernandez Reelected as President of Honduras

Juan Orlando Hernandez Reelected as President of Honduras

Juan Orlando Hernandez Reelected as President of Honduras

The presidential election in Honduras was held on November 26.

Opposition leaders challenged the verdict with calls to renew street protests to denounce their candidate Salvador Nasralla was deprived of a clear victory on the November 26 presidential elections.

The former president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, said that the population rejects JOH as the victor of the elections.

Hernandez, who is mourning the death of his sister in a helicopter crash over the weekend, has not yet commented on the call for new elections.

Once results started flowing in again, Nasralla's lead began narrowing and eventually disappeared.

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However, European Union election observers said the vote recount showed no irregularities. The announcement was made shortly after Nasralla, the candidate of the Alliance Opposing the Dictatorship, traveled to Washington to present arguments before the Organization of American States and the U.S. State Department over the denounced electoral fraud.

TV broadcast images of protesters setting up flaming barricades and blocking roads in cities around the country.

The OAS electoral observer mission said late on Sunday it could not confirm that the election had been "intentionally manipulated" but added that the process had been riddled with issues. It is also important the government ensure Honduran security services respect the rights of peaceful protestors.

Honduras has been roiled by political instability and violent protests since the vote, which initial counts suggested that Nasralla had won.

The OAS statement described irregularities, including deliberate human intrusions in the electoral computer system, pouches of votes opened or lacking votes, and "extreme" improbability around voting patterns it analyzed, making it "impossible to determine with the necessary certainty the victor".

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