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Honduras: Police Refuse to Enforce Curfew as Election Protests Rage

HeadlineDec 05, 2017
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In Honduras, police in the capital Tegucigalpa refused to impose an overnight curfew ordered by the government, after days of protests over allegations of fraud in the country’s disputed presidential election. Electoral officials say they will not declare a winner in the November 26 election in order to allow the filing of challenges and appeals. Protests erupted last week when the government-controlled electoral commission stopped tallying votes from the November 26 election after the count showed opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla ahead by more than 5 percentage points. Early on Monday, the government-controlled electoral commission found that incumbent U.S.-backed President Juan Orlando Hernández was now ahead of opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla by a margin of about 1.5 percent, after a recount of suspicious votes from just over 1,000 polling stations. Nasralla and his supporters have charged the commission with vote-rigging. We’ll have more on the crisis in Honduras later in the broadcast.

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