Hernandez Likely Winner in Disputed Honduras Presidential Vote

Honduras’s ruling National Party candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez has an “irreversible” lead in the presidential election, according to the Central American nation’s electoral tribunal.

With about 67 percent of precincts reporting, Hernandez had 34 percent of the votes cast in the Nov. 24 election, compared with 29 percent for Xiomara Castro, the wife of ousted former President Manuel Zelaya. There is no second round, so whoever gets the most votes wins.

“The numbers we have been given reflect a trend that is irreversible,” David Matamoros, head of the electoral board, said at a press conference in Tegucigalpa late yesterday. He added that the results are not enough to “declare a winner or loser,” without saying when the votes will be fully counted.

At a rally yesterday, Zelaya called on supporters to take to the streets to protest the results. Castro, who was not at the event, said before official results were available on Sunday that she won the presidency.

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