Left-wing alliance agrees to unitary bloc in Honduras

Xiomara Castro de Zelaya heads the leftist alliance in Honduras. Photo File

A left-wing alliance led by Xiomara Castro, wife of the ousted president Manuel Zelaya, will face Nasry Asfura, candidate of the right-wing ruling party, in the elections in Honduras on November 28, their leaders announced on Wednesday and reported AFP.

"I feel honored because we will have, for the first time in Honduras, a woman president," Salvador Nasralla, of the Salvador Party of Honduras (PSH, center-right) said at a press conference, announcing his alliance with Castro.

For his part, Castro, from the Libertad y Refundación (Libre, left) party, said that with this alliance he is "putting an end to what he called the" dictatorship, "referring to the government of Juan Orlando Hernández.

Nasralla was a candidate for an alliance with Libre in the last elections of 2017, in which Hernández, of the National Party (PN, right), won re-election, according to the opposition fraudulently.

Then it was Castro who put aside his presidential aspiration in favor of Nasralla.

"Today it's my turn to give back" for her to be a candidate, added Nasralla, a popular television host and sports journalist.

"The party for the dictatorship is over, their time is up (...) Honduras needs the heart of a woman to govern," added Castro, whose husband was overthrown in 2009 in a military coup. and civilians for allying with then Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

Castro, Nasralla and the official candidate, the mayor of Tegucigalpa, Nasry "Tito" Asfura, have led the voting intentions in the polls in recent weeks.

In the general elections, a president will be elected for the next four years -as of January 27-, deputies and mayors from among 14 political parties.

 

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