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Honduras faces weeks of protests amid contested presidential election, likely resulting in operational delays, commercial property damage

05 December 2017

Key Points

  • Some police units have refused to follow orders in enforcing a government-imposed curfew, potentially reducing the government’s capacity to enforce security.
  • Supply chain disruptions and cargo transit delays are likely to be resolved before the end of the year.
  • Protracted opposition-led challenges of voting tallies, including recounts and legal processes, likely to limit the new government’s operational capacities.

Event

On 4 December, Honduras’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal announced that incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández had received 1.59% more voting share than his opposition challenger Salvador Nasralla in a presidential contest held eight days earlier on 26 November 2017.

Hondurans cheer the arrival of COBRA Special Forces at their unit headquarters after they refused orders to go out on the streets to implement protestor controls on 4 December 2017. (Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images)Hondurans cheer the arrival of COBRA Special Forces at their unit headquarters after they refused orders to go out on the streets to implement protestor controls on 4 December 2017. (Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images)

The close presidential election result and allegations of fraud from the opposition have sparked violent protests; this has been compounded by the slow release of final results.



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