Honduras: Leftist candidate to call for mass street protests over vote ‘theft’

Policemen are deployed during a protest of University students in Honduras

Policemen are deployed during a protest of University students, supporters of Honduran presidential candidate for the leftist Libertad y Refundacion (LIBRE), Xiomara Castro, in Tegucigalpa. Hundreds of students were cleared by police and military agents with tear gas as they blocked the streets of the Honduran capital Tuesday. The Honduran ruling conservative party’s presidential candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez leads the vote with 34% after counting the ballots in 67% of the polling stations, according to the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE).       Photo: ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images

Electoral body says conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez has an irreversible lead over Xiomara Castro

(SOURCE)   Honduras’s leftist presidential candidate Xiomara Castro on Saturday will call massive street protests over what her campaign termed the theft of the country’s presidential vote.

“On Saturday, we are going to summon people to protest. The Libre (Party) and Xiomara (Castro) have been robbed of their victory, and we are going to show it,” her husband, ousted ex-president Manuel Zelaya, told Radio and TV Globo.

The head of Honduras’ electoral tribunal today declared conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez the winner of the presidential vote, amid Mrs Castro’s allegations of vote-rigging.

“These numbers that we released today clearly indicate that the winner of the general election is Juan Orlando Hernandez,” said David Matamoros on radio and television, with almost a fifth of the votes still to be counted.

“In the coming days, we will issue the official declaration, once we have added the records that are needed,” he added.

With 81.5 percent of polling stations reporting, Mr Hernandez leads with 35.88 percent over Mrs Castro, at 29.14 per cent.

Mrs Castro’s campaign alleges the vote was stolen, accusing the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of manipulating 19 per cent of the votes to favour Mr Hernandez.

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