Nasralla: Hernandez Will Not Be Able to Govern in Honduras

Honduran opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla addresses the media during his arrival at Toncontin airport after visiting the U.S., in Tegucigalpa, Honduras December 20, 2017/Photo: Reuters
Nasralla: Hernandez Will Not Be Able to Govern in Honduras

“The only thing that is false is that I renounced the triumph that I achieved with a real advantage of half a million votes,” said Nasralla, who criticized the United States for recognizing Hernández.

Opposition leader Salvador Nasralla said that President Juan Orlando Hernandez, declared the winner of the elections despite the irregularities denounced, will not be able to govern, since most Hondurans reject him.

“We will continue in the fight until those who decide in USA (United States) fall into reason that here JOh (Juan Orlando Hernandez) cannot govern with 90 percent of the people against him,” wrote Nasralla on his Facebook.

During the elections of November 26, Nasralla, candidate of Alliance of Opposition against the Dictatorship, outnumbered Hernandez in the first part of the count, but after alleged failures in the platform of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), the result was reversed to favor the re-elected president.

“The only thing that is false is that I renounced the triumph that I achieved with a real advantage of half a million votes,” Nasralla said on his Facebook and assured that he will continue defending his electoral victory.

In spite of the irregularities detected during the elections,  the TSE declared Hernandez as the winner on December 17 with 42.95 percent of the votes.

Meanwhile earlier Tuesday Luis Almagro, the Secretary General of the OAS asked the Juan Orlando Hernandez’s government to accept a special delegation from the OAS to Honduras that would evaluate the protests against the government and its response in the wake of the political turmoil following the recent elections.

In a letter written to the Honduran government he asked Tegucigalpa to “provide the envoy with information on the situation in which people have died and access to interview their relatives” as well as to “facilitate the visit of the envoy to the premises where people are being detained because of the ongoing  protests.”

The OAS had said that it was “impossible” to know who was the winner of the Nov. 26 elections due to major irregularities and fraud allegations, prompting Almagro to call for new elections. Many Hondurans have accused the Hernandez’s government of committing fraud to stay in power by rigging the election as well as illegally running for the presidency despite a supreme court ruling banning reelection. 


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