Presidential election in Honduras: Left-wing politician Castro declares herself the winner

As of: 11/29/2021 9:22 a.m.

In the presidential election in Honduras, there are signs of a change of power: the left-wing opposition candidate Castro is ahead according to preliminary results. She would be the first woman to head the Central American state.

By Markus Plate, ARD Studio Mexico City

The presidential elections in Honduras, Central America, point to a historic change in power. According to preliminary results from the electoral authority, the left-wing candidate Xiomara Castro is about 20 percentage points ahead of her fiercest competitor Nasry Asfura from the right-wing conservative national party, which has been in power for twelve years.

The first woman to be president

Should the results become more concrete in the course of election night, a woman president of Honduras would lead the government for the first time and the left for the first time.

Castro, wife of ex-president Manuel Zelaya, who was pushed away in 2009, had promised during the election campaign to reform Honduras profoundly.

Big promise

On the evening of the election, the 62-year-old declared herself the winner and promised an end to corruption, the abuse of power and the rule of organized crime. She also announced that she would introduce more direct forms of democracy.

The election was also considered to be a vote on the eight years in office of current President Juan Orlando Hernández. The voter turnout was extraordinarily high at more than 60 percent. Hernández is targeted by US prosecutors over possible drug deals.

One of the most corrupt countries in the world

Honduras is considered to be one of the most corrupt countries in the world – and one of the most violent. The economic situation is catastrophic – 70 percent of the people live below the poverty line, tens of thousands of Hondurans flee the country every year because of violence and a lack of prospects.

Elections in Honduras: Left opposition candidate declares herself the winner

Markus Plate, ARD Mexico City, 11/29/2021 8:29 am

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