Magazine article New Internationalist

Juan Orlando Hernández

Magazine article New Internationalist

Juan Orlando Hernández

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Honduras's new president won the 25 November election with just 35 per cent of the vote. The 45-year-old lawyer and former head of Congress has emerged as the main political beneficiary in a notorious system of corruption and murderous intimidation. As the candidate of the National Party, he represents the old-guard political establishment of big landowners and business élites.

Hernández spent an unprecedented amount on his election campaign. His law-and-order ticket struck a popular chord: Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world, with 22 killings a day in a country of just 8.5 million people. It is also the second-poorest country in the Americas (next to Haiti). Runner-up candidate Xiomara Castro of the Libre Party (who gained 28 per cent of the vote) ran on a platform of social justice, vowing a transfer of power from a corrupt and exploitative establishment. …

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