Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora
Honduras – The leftist candidate and wife of former President Manuel Zelaya, Xiomara Castro celebrated the triumph in the presidential elections of Honduras and, with an advantage of almost 20 points this Monday after the scrutiny of more than half of the votes, ensures her path to become the first woman to rule the Central American country.
Castro, of the party Libertad y Refundación (Free), get the 53,61% of votes, followed at a distance by Nasry Asfura, the candidate of the ruling National Party (right) with 33,87%, according to the latest figures from the National Electoral Council (CNE), when they have counted a 51,45% of the minutes. In third place is the candidate of the Liberal Party, Yanni Rosenthal, with 9,21%.
"Good evening, we won", Castro said, of 62 years, Sunday night in front of his supporters, and promised a "government of reconciliation".
"I reach out to my opponents because I have no enemies, I will call a dialogue (…) with all sectors ”of Honduras, Castro assured.
The candidate is the wife of former president Manuel Zelaya (2006-2009), overthrown by a right-wing civic-military alliance due to his rapprochement with Hugo Chávez's Venezuela.
“We are going for a direct and participatory democracy, and today I reach out to my opponents, I will call for a dialogue starting tomorrow with all sectors of the Honduran nationality so that we can find points of agreement that allow us to find the minimum bases for a next government”, has declared the virtual president of Honduras.
“We will build a new era together (…) Out the war, out of hatred, out the death squads, the corruption, drug trafficking, out of the ZEDE (employment and economic development zones) and out of poverty”, Castro has concluded.
Libre allied with several parties to confront the ruling party, which is allowing him to win the mayoralties of the capital so far, Tegucigalpa, and San Pedro Sula, the two largest cities in the country.
Meanwhile, the president of the National Electoral Council of Honduras (CNE), Kelvin Aguirre, has reported that they have participated in the presidential elections around 3,2 million citizens, what represents the 62 percent of the electoral roll.
But nevertheless, the agency has recalled that these first data are preliminary and that, in fact, the CNE has 30 days to give the final results of the electoral process.
To consolidate the triumph, Xiomara Castro will end a hegemony of 12 years of the National Party and will replace the right-wing Juan Orlando Hernández, who ends his term in the middle of accusations of drug trafficking in the United States.
To confirm your triumph, Castro must take over a country hit by gang violence, drug trafficking and two ferocious hurricanes that in 2020 they swept this nation where the 59% his 10 million people live in poverty.