Honduran president holds lead as vote count wraps up


Three people - including a teenaged girl - have so far been killed in violent clashes following the disputed elections, as the armed forces opened fire on unarmed opposition supporters.

After initial results showed an "irreversible trend" in favor of opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla, results were withheld for several days before giving a sudden lead to incumbent president Juan Orlando Hernández.

On Sunday, Nasralla supporters in the capital of Tegucigalpa marched near to where the count was resumed, banging on pots, blaring vuvuzelas and singing campaign songs which included insults towards Hernandez.

Nasralla, a well-known TV personality, alleged Monday that the special hand-count was a "fraud" with "false, fixed, arranged votes".

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Hernandez, who also already claimed victory, took to social media to urge calm and national unity. The TSE had ensured that election results would be announced Saturday but again were promptly postponed.

Tribunal president David Matamoros said 100 percent of the ballots had been tabulated but the court was not declaring a victor yet. "We urge all candidates and all parties to put Honduras first", Matamoros said.

With about 99.96 percent of the votes tallied by the country's electoral tribunal early Monday, Hernandez had a lead of 43 percent to Nasralla's 41.4 percent. Why are the US and OAS silently complicit regarding the elections and death of citizens in Honduras?