Honduras’ ruling party candidate concedes presidential election

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In a televised address, Nasri Asafura congratulated Shiomara Castro on her victory.

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Nasri Asafura, the ruling party’s candidate in the Honduras election, has accepted her opposition rival, Xiomara Castro, who will become the country’s first female president and the country’s first left-wing leader for 12 years.

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In a video broadcast on local television, Asafura congratulated Castro on his election victory.

Castro, whose husband Manuel Zelaya was overthrown in a 2009 coup, took a major lead in the counting of votes that began after voting closed on Sunday.

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Voter turnout was at its highest level since the country returned to democratic rule in the 1980s, following a campaign where Castro captured the unpopularity of Juan Hernández, who was implicated in drug trafficking in the United States. had gone.

Castro has promised major changes, including a constitutional change, seeking the support of the United Nations in the fight against corruption and easing abortion restrictions.

It has also pitched the idea of ​​dropping diplomatic support for Taiwan in favor of China, a policy proposal keenly watched in Washington, Beijing and Taipei.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Castro on his “historic victory” and said Washington was ready to work with the incoming government.

“We congratulate Honduras for the high turnout, peaceful participation and active civil society engagement that marked this election, indicating an enduring commitment to the democratic process,” Blinken said in a statement.

“The United States will continue to support Honduras in strengthening its democratic institutions, promoting economic development, and fighting corruption and transnational crime.”

The National Party said it would assume the role of a “constructive opposition” and was willing to work with the incoming government.

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