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Honduras: Thousands Demand U.S. Support Full Recount of Contested Presidential Election

HeadlineDec 11, 2017

In Honduras, thousands of protesters marched on the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa over the weekend, demanding the U.S. support either a new election or a recount of all votes in the November 26 poll. The protesters charge incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández used Honduras’s national election commission to rig the election, after early counting showed opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla five points ahead. This is protester María Fernanda Bustillo Gómez.

María Fernanda Bustillo Gómez: “In this moment, we are in front of the United States Embassy. We are protesting—as you can see, it’s a huge number of Hondurans in front of the embassy—because we don’t agree with what’s happening in our country. We don’t want them to impose a president that’s already in power, who wants to keep power. People elected a different person. It’s obvious that the opposition won, but they won’t let him take power.”

Over the weekend, Salvador Nasralla formally challenged the results of last month’s election, calling for an annulment of the results over what he called “scandalous fraud.” Click here to see our interview with former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya Friday.

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