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Honduras still without president, demonstrations multiply

Ⓒ AFP – Orlando SIERRA – | Opposition supporters clash with soldiers and anti-riot police as the country waits for the final results of the presidential election on November 30, 2017 in Tegucigalpa

Five days after the presidential election, Honduras still had no winner on Friday, the electoral authority has announced a recount of some reports contentious, while demonstrations against a “fraud” supposed to multiply.

Contrary to the initial trend, the outgoing head of state, the conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez, was in the lead with 42.92% of the votes against 41.42% for his left-wing rival Salvador Nasralla, TV star. and novice in politics, according to partial results on 94.31% of the votes published by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE).

TSE President David Matamoros announced that once the count is over, the electoral authority would begin a “special” phase of recounting certain contentious minutes in the presence of party representatives. It was not yet clear whether international observers could attend.

“We will no longer advertise (results) until the end of the verification process,” he added on Twitter.

Only deadline for the TSE, the obligation to proclaim a winner at the latest one month after the elections of November 26.

“We are waiting for the result at the latest tonight,” said Friday President Hernandez of the National Party (right).

For his part, the candidate who came third, the liberal Luis Zelaya (14.75%), said that Nasralla won the elections and congratulated him.

Ⓒ AFP – ORLANDO SIERRA – | Left opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla, in an interview with AFP, November 28, 2017 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Meanwhile, supporters of Salvador Nasralla, the opposition Alliance against the dictatorship, who believes he was robbed of his victory, took to the streets Wednesday night and Thursday, at the call of the opponent .

“One hears it, one feels it, Nasralla president”, “JOH outside” – in reference to the initials of the outgoing head of state – chanted hundreds of demonstrators near the Electoral Court, setting fire to barricades and throwing stones on the police, who responded with tear gas. Other incidents have erupted across the country.

At least two members of the police and a dozen protesters were wounded during the clashes, including some by bullets. Looting of businesses has been reported.

– Hooded protesters –

Ⓒ AFP – Orlando SIERRA – | Clashes between police and supporters of Salvador Nasralla as the country waits for the final results of the presidential election on November 30, 2017 in Tegucigalpa

Friday morning, some masked protesters, who were facing the police, began to occupy arteries of the capital and set fire to barricades, AFP reported.

President Juan Orlando Hernandez is seeking re-election, but his candidacy is disputed by the opposition because it is based on a controversial decision of the Supreme Court allowing him to run for a second term despite the ban on the Constitution.

“If the election is tainted by obvious fraud and the authoritarianism of the president is strengthened, it will discredit the process (electoral) and there may be protests,” warned the analyst Victor Meza.

Ⓒ AFP – ORLANDO SIERRA – | Clashes between police and supporters of Salvador Nasralla as the country waits for the final results of the presidential election on November 30, 2017 in Tegucigalpa

The first figures released in the night from Sunday to Monday were five points ahead of the candidate of the opposition Alliance against the dictatorship over the president. Since then, the spread has narrowed as the counting process unfolds before the order reverses between Wednesday and Thursday.

On Wednesday, the TSE computer system suffered a five-hour break and several other one-off incidents fueling suspicion.

Opposition leader Juan Barahona called for protest in every neighborhood. “Day and night, we will go down the street because it is the only way to return to this flight of the presidency,” he said.

Portuguese MEP Marisa Matias, head of the European Union (EU) observer mission, condemned the violence and called for “calm and waiting for the results to be verified by all actors” in the electoral process.

The UN representation in Tegucigalpa called on protesters to exercise their right to freedom of expression “in an appropriate manner” and the police to “perform their duties with respect for human rights”.

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