Honduras’s electoral commission declared Juan Orlando Hernandez (National Party) the official winner with 34% of the votes, against Xiomara Castro (Freedom Party) with 29%. A surprising result considering the polls and the demonstrations leading up to the elections.

Xiomara is the wife of former progressive president Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a 2009 military coup organized by SouthCom (United States Southern Command) with the help of Israel. She indicated that she would withhold any comments about the electoral process until Friday.

After having received the US ambassador, Lisa J. Kubiske, the electoral commission acknowledged the existence of many irregularities, but none of which are serious enough to call into question the validity of the results. The OEA and UE observers have, for their part, already validated the electoral transparency.

Alizée Ville