Leftist Xiomara Castro Claims Victory In Honduran Vote — Ruling Nationalist Party Irked

  • Leftist opposition candidate Xiomara Castro claimed victory in Honduras’ presidential election on Sunday, clashing with the National Party after saying its candidate had won, despite preliminary results showing a loss.
  • “We win! We win!” Castro, Honduras’ former first lady who is making her third presidential run. “Today the people have made justice. We have reversed authoritarianism.”
  • Preliminary results released late Sunday by the Electoral Council showed that with 40% of polling tallies in, Castro had 53% of the votes and Asfura 34%, with a turnout of over 68%.

The Associated Press from NPR writes:

“TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Leftist opposition candidate Xiomara Castro claimed victory in Honduras’ presidential election Sunday, setting up a showdown with the National Party which said its candidate had won a vote that could end the conservative party’s 12 years in power.

“We win! We win!” Castro, Honduras’ former first lady who is making her third presidential run, told cheering Liberty and Re-foundation party supporters. “Today the people have made justice. We have reversed authoritarianism.”

Honduras’ long-ruling National Party announced on its Twitter account that its candidate, Tegucigalpa Mayor Nasry Asfura, had won.

But preliminary results released late Sunday by the Electoral Council showed that with 40% of polling tallies in, Castro had 53% of the votes and Asfura 34%. The council said turnout was more than 68%.

Thousands of people packed the capital’s Morazan Boulevard blowing car horns, waving the Libre party’s red flags and setting off fireworks. Approaching midnight, the street continued to fill with Castro’s celebrating supporters…”

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