FLASH: Violence in Honduras after Disputed Election

December 13, 2017

Geopolitical Monitor

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Summary

A full two weeks have passed since polls closed in Honduras’ presidential election and still there is no official winner.

According to the final tally, the incumbent president Juan Orlando Hernandez leads rival Salvador Nasralla by around 1.6%. Nasralla has refused to accept the result, urging his supporters to take to the streets and protest until a new vote is held. He points to a day-long pause in vote counting where his initial lead of over 5% disappeared as evidence of fraud.

Monitors from the Organization of American States (OAS) said the election was “marred with irregularities” and a separate analysis from The Economist found suspicions over the vote count to be credible.

The country’s electoral tribunal has until December 26 to declare an official winner.

 

 

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