Latin America

Honduras’ president stole an election in 2017. Will he do it again?

Honduras goes to the polls in November, and President Hernández seeks to elect a successor. If the opposition wins, he could face prison

President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras speaks at Brookings panel on September 28, 2015.
President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras speaks at Brookings panel on September 28, 2015. Photo: Paul Morigi/Brookings

When Hondurans cast their ballots in November’s general election, it will be under a cloud of suspicion over whether the country can, in fact, organize free and fair elections. In 2017, President Juan Orlando Hernández won a race marred by a slew of fraud accusations. And he has plenty of incentives to do exactly what his opponents fear and manipulate electoral rules to tilt the contest in favor of his allies, as an opposition win would likely result in Mr. Hernández’s arrest and extradition to the U.S. for his links to drug trafficking.

Mr. Hernández’s name came up in...

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