Juan Orlando Hernández has been declared the winner of Sunday’s Honduras General Election.
It was closer than many anticipated, and the exact final tally of votes has not yet been calculated, but the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE – Tribunal Supremo Electoral) has reported that Juan Orlando Hernández leads the count with 34.16% of the votes, and Xiomara Castro Zelaya of the Libre Party, trails with 28.53%.
The National Party candidate has won 468,582 votes so far, and Xiomara Castro Zelaya of the Libre Party has won 391,439 votes. The Liberal Party presidential candidate, Mauricio Villeda’s received 287,880 votes for 20.99%, and Salvador Nasralla is at 214,861 votes for 15.66%.
“I’m happy, grateful to God, and to the Honduran people,” said the candidate of the National Party who began to celebrate his victory in the Honduras General Election of 2013.
So far international observers have not reported observing any election fraud in Honduras, but have not yet committed to the results. Ulrike Lunacek, head of the group of observers from the European Union says it is necessary that the Honduran politicians have patience, but it is very difficult to do so, because no candidate likes to lose.
After the results of the official TSE report were released, Juan Orlando Hernández stated,”I will govern for all Hondurans, even for those who did not give me the vote.”
“I will undertake a frontal fight against corruption,” Orlando Hernandez proclaimed. “Tomorrow I will begin working to serve the poor and humble people,” he stated.
Ricardo Álvarez of the National Party said that many people have officially recognized the Nationalist victory, and congratulated Juan Hernández, “He received a call from the Salvadoran president, Antonio Saca, recognizing Hernández as President, and also the President of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, called to congratulate him, which means that countries around the world already know who the president is.”
Juan Orlando Hernández was born in the western department of Lempira. He has a law degree, and is married to Ana García, also a lawyer. They have four children: Iván, Juan, Daniela and Isabela.
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