PEOPLE'S VOTE MUST BE RESPECTED IN HONDURAS

PEOPLE'S VOTE MUST BE RESPECTED IN HONDURAS

PRESS RELEASE
29/11/2017
European Left

The Working Group for relations with Latin America and the Caribbean of the Party of the European Left (EL) salutes the vote of the people of Honduras, clearly expressed at the polls this Sunday, November 26th. The people of Honduras elected the candidate of the Alliance of the Opposition against the Dictatorship Salvador Nasralla as new President, defeating the candidate and outgoing President Juan Orlando Hernández of the conservative National Party, that is committed to the forces that perpetrated the infamous coup of 2009.
In the early hours of Monday, November 27th, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal tells of the victory of candidate Salvador Nasralla, with 57% of the votes, and an irreversible advantage of 5% difference.
Since then, the official declaration of the results and the publication of the minutes have been delayed much longer than after the 2013 elections. For moments this process of checking the results has been interrupted for hours, a fact indicated by international observers in addition to other irregularities also stated.
The third candidate -Luis Zelaya of the Liberal Party- has acknowledged his defeat and has said that the new President Salvador Nasralla must be officially proclaimed without further delay by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. Meanwhile, in a very irresponsible way, the outgoing President has declared himself the winner and he has called his supporters to celebrate the victory.
The Party of the European Left demands that the anomalies indicated by international observers should be taken into account, that the results of the presidential, parliamentary and that the local elections must be respected and made public without any delay or interruptions. The EL asks for the defeated presidential candidate not to abuse his position as outgoing President, respect democracy and surrenders power accepting his defeat.