Xiomara Castro, the wife of ousted former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, was distinct the winner of Honduras’ presidential election on Tuesday after competitor Nasry Asfura conceded defeat.
Asfura conceded the election after 52% of the counted votes showed Castro had a clear majority of 53% over Asfura’s 34% and he publicly congratulated her victory, saying, “I hope that God illuminates and guides her so that her administration does the best for the assistance of all of us Hondurans, to unprotected to development and the desires for democracy.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also congratulated Castro for becoming Honduras’ first female president and said the US was looking forward to working with her government.
“We congratulate Hondurans for the high voter turnout, peaceful participation, and active civil society engagement that marked this election, signaling an lasting commitment to the democratic course of action,” Blinken declared.
Castro before served as Honduras’ first lady between 2006 and 2009, up until her husband Manuel Zelaya was ousted in a military coup. Zelaya claimed the US was behind the coup and credited it to his signing of Hugo Chavez’s Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA).
“The US warned me: If you sign the Bolivarian different to the Americas (ALBA), you’re going to have problems with the US. I signed it, and six months later, I had problems,” he told RT America in 2019, adding, “When you give them competition in the free market, they stop being capitalist. They become retrograde, authoritarian, and they play coups, wars, invasions.”
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