Monday, May 16

Xiomara Castro with 20 points of advantage, is emerging as the first president of Honduras

Opposition candidate Xiomara Castro de Zelaya headsto yesterday with a wide advantage preliminary election results presidential elections of Honduras, according to the National Electoral Council (CNE).

With 51.45% of the ballots scrutinized, Castro accumulated 53.61% of the votes, while his main opponent, Nasry Asfura, from the ruling National Party, was second with 33.87%.

Castro, who represents the Partido Libertad y Refundación, fthe first lady of Honduras during the government of her husband, Manuel Zelaya, Deposed in a coup in 2009.

The other presidential candidates had barely obtained 10% of the vote and were marching very far from Castro and Asfura.

If your triumph is realized, Castro would become the country’s first female president and it would mark the return of the left to power from the Zelaya government.

The candidate was declared the winner on Sunday shortly after the CNE released the first preliminary results.

“We won,” Castro said. “Twelve years of this people in resistance and today it has manifested. Today we celebrate a true civic party ”.

The former first lady won the support of voters for her efforts to consolidate the opposition to outgoing President Juan Orlando Hernández, who has denied allegations of gang ties, among other corruption scandals.

The most recent polls marked her as a favorite.

Asfura, the official candidate, a wealthy businessman and mayor of the capital Tegucigalpa, he tried to distance himself from the unpopular ruler, but apparently it was not enough to attract the majority of voters.

Voting centers reported large voter turnout, unlike the two previous elections, in 2013 and 2017, in which abstentionism reached 2.2 million and 2.5 million, respectively.

The CNE reported that more than 3.2 million Hondurans they went out to vote in Sunday’s elections.

Voice of America (VOA)