Sunday Nov 24, 201306:05 AM GMT
Honduras set for presidential election
A man stands under political streamers showing the Honduras presidential candidate Xiomara Castro in Tegucigalpa, on November 21, 2013.
A man stands under political streamers showing the Honduras presidential candidate Xiomara Castro in Tegucigalpa, on November 21, 2013.
Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:2AM
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Hondurans are set to go to the polls to elect a president for a country that is struggling with severe poverty and violence, and is coping with the aftermath of a 2009 coup.


Some 5.3 million eligible voters are to cast their ballots on Sunday in an election which analysts say could fail to produce a clear winner.

According to opinion polls, the top candidate by a small margin is ousted President Manuel Zelaya’s wife, Xiomara Castro.

Zelaya was ousted by a conservative coalition of businessmen and the military four years ago and now his wife is aiming to lead the country.

“I want to rebuild our homeland, which is currently in decline,” Castro stated.

Representing the leftist party Libre, Castro, is one of seven presidential hopefuls and her main rival is Juan Orlando Hernandez of the National Party.

Other candidates, who are believed to have good chances in the election are Anti-Corruption Party candidate Salvador Nasralla and Liberal Mauricio Villeda, who is the son of former president Ramon Villeda Morales.

The first preliminary official results are expected to be released after 0100 GMT on Monday.

The country’s new president will face the difficult task of fighting poverty. Seventy percent of the 8.4 million people of Honduras are living in poverty.

Crime is another major issue in the country, as youth gangs control major portions of Honduras. Organized crime has turned the country into the nation with the highest murder rate in the world.

Around 750 international observers are to monitor the vote on Sunday and at least 30,000 police officers and soldiers are to be deployed across the country to safeguard the election as well as border control was also to be reinforced.

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