Supreme Electoral Tribunal Commands Armed Forces of Honduras

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) took charge of 14,000 soldiers in compliance with the constitutional mandate which offers the use of Honduran troops to support the general elections on November 24, 2013.

TSE Commands the Armed Forces of Honduras

The Presidential Designee and Minister of the Presidency, María Antonieta Guillén, hands over the command of the armed forces to the TSE (Tribunal Supremo Electoral) of Honduras

María Antonieta Guillén, the Presidential designee, led the official ceremony at the First Artillery Battalion in Las Tapias, Francisco Morazán, Honduras, on behalf of President Lobo, with the TSE Magistrates, David Matamoros Batson, Enrique Ortez, and Saúl Escobar in attendance.

The President of the TSE, Judge Matamoros Batson, said, “I am very satisfied with this Act that reflects the commitment of President Porfirio Lobo to the country’s democracy. Traditionally, the Honduras Armed Forces (FFAA – Fuerzas Armadas de Honduras) are made available to the Tribunal by Executive Decree, without any ceremony, and simply with a press release in order for the Honduran people to know this.  But, in 2009, providing a new message, he established this ceremony to tell the whole world that the armed institute of the nation is at the service of democracy and our constitution.”

His Honor added that November 24th is a momentous event in the life of the nation,“It is the opportunity for more than 5.3 million enabled Hondurans to exercise suffrage, to choose the authorities who will direct the destiny of the country over the next four years.”


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