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Hondurans Protest President’s Re-Election as OAS Calls for a New Vote

December 18, 2017

Protesters blocked streets and highways across Honduras on Monday after the Organization of American States said its observers could not validate election results showing President Juan Orlando Hernandez to be the winner in last month’s vote.

The OAS, the top regional body in the Americas, urged the country to organize a new vote. The OAS secretary-general, Luis Almagro, cited “irregularities and deficiencies” in the voting process after the Honduran electoral tribunal on Sunday declared the conservative incumbent to be the winner of the Nov. 26 vote...

“One of the most striking aspects of the Honduran political crisis is the lack of voice of the U.S.,” said Eric Farnsworth of the Council of the Americas and the Americas Society. “They are completely divorcing themselves from Honduras, a country with which the U.S. has had a long and close relationship....”

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