Hondurans will choose between competing strategies for lowering the world’s highest murder rate this weekend in presidential elections that include the wife of Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a 2009 coup.
Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, ousted in a 2009 coup, rejected official election results showing his wife, Xiomara Castro, losing the presidential vote with more than half the precincts reporting.
The Organization of American States may vote to restore Honduras next month as a member of the regional group after the Central American nation agreed to ensure the safe return of former President Manuel Zelaya .
Juan Orlando Hernandez, a lawyer and former head of Congress, is leading the presidential election in Honduras over the wife of ousted former President Manuel Zelaya, with both candidates claiming victory.
Honduras is overcoming investor fears of drug violence and needs to rein in a widening budget deficit to sustain economic growth four years after a coup, central bank President Maria Elena Mondragon said.
Xiomara Castro began her presidential campaign in Honduras yesterday, almost four years after husband and ex-President Manuel Zelaya was roused from his sleep and flown out of the Central American country in pajamas during a military coup.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Honduras should be readmitted to the Organization of American States, potentially putting the U.S. at odds with Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, Latin America’s largest economies.