President Juan Orlando Hernandez was sworn in for a brand new time period within the Honduran capital Saturday, whereas throughout city tear fuel drifted throughout flaming barricades in clashes between police and protesters indignant over an election the say was marred by fraud.
The top of Congress put the blue-and-white sash of workplace on Hernandez within the morning ceremony in Tegucigalpa, and the president promised in an tackle “to start a strategy of reconciliation to unite the Honduran household.”
The inauguration got here after troopers and riot police fired tear fuel to dam hundreds of demonstrators from marching to the Nationwide Stadium to protest. Masked protesters shot rocks from slingshots and kicked canisters again towards safety forces as barricades burned and fuel billowed on the streets.
“That is how the dictator oppresses his individuals,” stated opposition presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla, who says the election was stolen and he was the true winner of the vote.
“We stay within the wrestle to rescue the nation from dictatorship and with out recognizing Hernandez as president,” Nasralla informed The Related Press.
Hernandez, a forty nine-yr-previous lawyer, is Honduras‘ first president to be re-elected — a key level within the protests towards him.
The 1982 structure bars presidents from looking for a brand new time period and conservative politicians deposed a leftist president in 2009 for allegedly even contemplating re-election. However Hernandez gained a Supreme Courtroom ruling in 2015 to get round that prohibition.
Early, pre-daybreak returns the morning after the Nov. 26 election confirmed Nasralla with a big lead with fifty seven % of the votes counted.
Then election authorities all however stopped giving public updates on the rely. Following days of delays and pc issues, the development reversed itself, and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal reported that Hernandez had an fringe of about 1.5 % within the last rely.
The following political disaster has wracked the Central American nation, with at the very least 31 individuals killed within the unrest, based on the Nationwide Human Rights Fee. Opposition leaders put the toll at forty one.
“We should sit down for dialogue brazenly and with out limitations. … If a home is split towards itself, it can’t stand,” Hernandez stated in his handle.
Strolling alongside the stadium’s monitor with first woman Ana Garcia, he smiled and flashed a thumbs-as much as supporters within the stands who waved blue flags with white stars.
Greater than 20 nations have acknowledged Hernandez as president, however there have been not one of the regular overseas heads of state current on the inauguration.
“That isn’t value something as a result of the individuals don’t acknowledge him” as president, stated former President Manuel Zelaya, who was eliminated within the 2009 coup and now leads the Opposition Alliance Towards Dictatorship, which ran Nasralla as its candidate.
Particulars of the inaugural ceremony have been stored underneath wraps till Hernandez arrived on the stadium, and authorities had circulated rumors beforehand that it might happen in an auditorium on the Central Financial institution and be transmitted on giant video screens within the area.
Honduras’ Safety Division reported that protesters blocked a freeway within the northern province of Colon and attacked police with rocks and sticks. One agent was injured, and 4 protesters have been arrested.
The federal government stated in a press release that unknown individuals have toppled electrical towers within the western a part of the nation, knocking out energy there for forty eight hours.
In Tegucigalpa, police stated protesters stoned the home windows of at the least six quick-meals eating places. And in Cofradia, north of the capital, police arrested a presumed Nasralla supporter suspected of making an attempt to burn a police station and carrying selfmade explosives.
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