One Year Anniversary of President Hernández’s Inauguration Marked by Protests

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The controversial 2017 general election in Honduras resulted in the inauguration of President Juan Orlando Hernández one year ago this week. To mark to occasion, hundreds of anti-government demonstrators have taken to the streets of Tegucigalpa and elsewhere in Honduras.

Mr Hernández, a conservative pro-US politician, won re-election in 2017 by a narrow margin.

The opposition has accused him of electoral fraud.

“There are people who have been gassed and beaten,” said the opposition leader and former President, Manuel Zelaya.

“Like wasps, we have launched a wave of escalating protests that will end in a national strike until this dictatorship falls.”

Mr Hernández, who is widely known by his initials, JOH, has repeatedly denied allegations of irregularities.

He defeated the popular television presenter, Salvador Nasralla, by 1.53 percentage points.

Mr Hernández stood for office after the Supreme Court controversially lifted a constitutional ban on re-election.

The opposition contested the electoral process and challenged his victory.

But the result was confirmed by the Honduran electoral court almost a month after the vote, following a partial recount.

During Sunday’s protests Mr Hernández was at a Catholic youth meeting hosted by Pope Francis in Panama.

He met the Pope and asked him to include Honduras in his prayers.

Honduras is one of Latin America’s poorest countries and has one of the world’s highest murder rates.

Keep up with the BBC story here.