- Honduras left seeks annulment of presidential vote results
The leftist Libre party in Honduras formally asked election officials to overturn the results of the November 24 presidential election, which their candidate claims to have won. A document formally requesting the annulment was delivered by ex-president Manuel Zelaya, accompanied by his wife, Libre candidate Xiomara Castro. Officials earlier declared conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez the election winner. "It was a well-done fraud," said Zelaya, who claimed that officials at 2,800 voting stations conspired to throw the election for Hernandez.
- Ten killed in Nicaraguan gunfight near Honduran border
MANAGUA (Reuters) - Six suspected robbers and four police officers were killed in a shootout in a remote rural part of northwestern Nicaragua close to the border with Honduras, police said on Wednesday. The gunfight, one of the bloodiest to hit Nicaragua this year, occurred in Bocas de Ayapal in the Jinotega department after police and army units ran into a gang carrying out a robbery on a grocery store, police said in a statement. Authorities have not yet identified the dead suspects. Honduras, which has just elected a new president, suffers from the highest murder rate in the world. ...
- In Honduras slum, acid test for new leader's drug gang battle
By Gabriel Stargardter TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - A sprawling, well-kept cemetery buttresses the entrance to Nueva Capital, a sketchy Honduran slum with panoramic views over Tegucigalpa, the capital city of this violent country with the world's highest murder rate. Like many of the drug-scarred shanties that creep up the hills surrounding Tegucigalpa, Nueva Capital is a testing ground for the militarized gang-fighting policies of Juan Hernandez, Honduras' president-elect. Gang culture is rife in the main cities of Honduras. First formed in the 1980s in the United States by Central American immigrants, the "Calle 18" and "Mara Salvatrucha" gangs, or "maras," later blossomed into international franchises as members were deported back to their home countries.
- Honduras presidential vote recount
Electoral authorities in Honduras agree to review vote tallies from last week's presidential elections, following allegations of fraud.
- Honduras authorities to review election fraud claim
Honduras' top electoral authority on Monday agreed to review electoral rolls and results from the country's November 24 presidential vote after a leading candidate charged fraud. Leftist Xiomara Castro, wife of the ousted former president Manuel Zelaya, claims officials manipulated the outcome to hand the presidency to conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez. "Let us find the tools for it, and let's do this in the most public way possible so that absolutely no doubt remains," David Matamoros, head of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) told Castro and Zelaya, lead of her Libre party, after they headed to TSE headquarters to press for a new vote count or procedural review. The electoral roll and results documents, which include the voters' registry and the results for each party, were scanned and sent to the TSE's tallying center in the capital.
- Honduras election authority to review disputed election tally
By Gustavo Palencia TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduras' electoral authority said on Monday it would review polling booth tallies from last month's presidential election after the second-place leftist candidate called the result fraudulent. The authority said it would go over the vote tallies of more than 16,000 polling booths, but it stopped short of announcing a full vote recount that runner-up Xiomara Castro, the wife of ousted former leader Manuel Zelaya, had called for. The ruling National Party's Juan Hernandez, who is head of Congress, won last week's election with 36.8 percent of the votes, according to the country's election tribunal. He has vowed to curb the drug violence that has given Honduras the world's highest murder rate.
- Thousands take to the streets in Honduras to protest election result
By Gustavo Palencia TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduras' defeated leftist presidential candidate, the wife of ousted former leader Manuel Zelaya, led thousands of supporters onto the streets of Tegucigalpa on Sunday to protest an election result she has called fraudulent. The demonstration by a crowd estimated at several thousand people passed off peacefully, which analysts said offered some hope for political stability. The ruling National Party's Juan Hernandez, who is head of Congress, won last week's election with 36.8 percent of votes, according to the country's election tribunal. Xiomara Castro ran as the candidate of the Liberty and Refoundation Party (LIBRE) - a coalition of leftist politicians, unions and indigenous groups founded by her husband.
- Conservative won Honduras vote by eight-point margin: official
Honduras election officials said late Saturday that conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez defeated rival leftist presidential hopeful Xiomara Castro by eight percentage points. With the vote count complete, Hernandez of the ruling National Party won 36.80 percent of the vote in the November 24 election against 28.79 for Castro -- wife of former president Manuel Zelaya -- with the Libre party. David Matamoros, head of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, had announced Hernandez's victory in the presidential election on Wednesday, but votes were still being counted and the margin of victory was uncertain.
- Honduras Election Results Challenged
Xiomara Castro, the left-wing presidential candidate in last week’s elections, has rejected the official results and called on her supporters to march in the streets.
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