Latin America

Left poised to reclaim power in Honduras after 2009 coup

Xiomara Castro’s landslide victory ends 12 years of conservative dominance following the ousting of her husband, Manuel Zelaya

honduras elections Xiomara Castro delivers her final campaign speech in San Pedro Sula. Photo: SOPA Images Limited/Alamy Live News
Xiomara Castro delivers her final campaign speech in San Pedro Sula. Photo: SOPA Images Limited/Alamy Live News

Latin America’s election-packed “Super November” came to an end yesterday with a resounding victory for the left in Honduras, which will reclaim power for the first time since the 2009 coup against former President Manuel Zelaya.

Mr. Zelaya’s wife Xiomara Castro won 54 percent of the vote, comfortably beating government-backed candidate Nasry Asfura and erasing most fears of a contentious post-election scenario like Honduras saw in 2017, when outgoing right-wing President Juan Orlando Hernández was accused of fraud, leading to dozens of deaths in street protests.

Although both candidates initially said they were confident of winning immediately after polls...

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