Former First Lady of Honduras Xiomara Castro, whose husband was ousted in a coup 12 years ago, has been elected the Central American country’s first female president.
Sunday’s election marked a victory for the left-wing opposition leader when Nasri Asafura, mayor of the capital Tegucigalpa and candidate of the ruling National Party, accepted Castro during a visit to his home on Tuesday.
In a tweet accompanying a photo of the two candidates, Castro praised Mayor Asafura for accepting “the will of the people”.
“People, I won’t fail you!” She ended in a winning note. “With our promises, we will return to the democratic system.”
The most recent election results show that Castro received 53% of the vote and Asafura received 34% of the vote, with more than half of the votes counted.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Castro as well as the people of Honduran for exercising “their power to vote in free and fair elections”. He said the Biden administration looks forward to working with the incoming president to “strengthen democratic institutions, promote inclusive economic growth and fight corruption.”
Castro campaigned on a platform to end corruption that had toppled the 12-year rule of the right-wing National Party, which took power after her husband Manuel Zelaya was overthrown by the military. It has also vowed to tax the country’s richest citizens and to switch diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China, which claims to be self-governing as part of its territory, and to cut Taipei from the international community. inspires separation.
Some information for this report has been received from the Associated Press and Reuters.