Published on : Friday, December 1, 2017
The police of Honduras fired tear gas at rock-hurling protesters after criticized the presidential election that happened on Sunday that has still to produce a clear winner stretched into its fourth day of vote counting. This political clash is making a thousand step backward in travel and tourism business.
Both President Juan Orlando Hernandez and his rival Salvador Nasralla, a television game show host allied with leftists, claimed victory after the presidential election.
The vote tally at first favored Nasralla, but then swung in favour of the incumbent after hold-ups in the count, fueling talk of irregularities.
The international concern has grown about the crisis in the Central American nation, which in 2009 saw a military-backed coup.
The delays have already sparked unrest, and observers fear they could risk undermining the eventual legitimacy of the winner. One of the four magistrates on the Honduran electoral tribunal flagged “serious doubts” about the process on Thursday.
Marcos Ramiro Lobo called for an independent external auditor to review the results, but was non-committal on whether there was evidence of electoral fraud. David Matamoros, who chairs the electoral tribunal, said that he expected the count to conclude by mid-afternoon on Thursday. However, by 5 p.m. more than 7 percent of the ballots had not been processed.
The Organization of American States (OAS) appeared to have salvaged the reliability of the election on Wednesday by eliciting signed statements from both candidates that vowed to respect the final result once disputed votes had been checked.
With this wide political tension in Honduras, the tourism is deeply affected. The security forces were deployed in areas with the mining, agricultural, industrial, hydro electric and tourism enterprises that move and negatively impact poor indigenous and Afro-Honduran communities.