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Honduras: Vice President Rejects OAS Call for New Election

HeadlineDec 19, 2017
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Honduran Vice President Ricardo Álvarez has rejected calls for a revote in the November 26 election, after incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández was declared the winner by the election tribunal his office controls.

Vice President Ricardo Álvarez Arias: “This is an autonomous and sovereign country. This is a country that is not going to do what anybody from an international organization tells it to do. I will say it again: The only other election this country will have, the next one, is on the last Sunday of November 2021. There’s not another election.”

Vice President Álvarez’s comments came despite charges of voter fraud by opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla and a call for a new vote by the Organization of American States, which said the first election was so filled with irregularities that it’s impossible to declare a winner. Protests continue to rage across Honduras. In the capital Tegucigalpa Monday, police fired tear gas and pepper spray at protesters who burned tires and set up barricades in the streets.

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