Honduras elects its first woman president

Following a bloody two years in power for former President Manuel Zelaya, and public opposition to the constituent assembly that removed him in a June coup, Honduras has its first-ever women president.

His Progressive Alternative party chose Salvador Nasralla as its candidate and with this victory, Nasralla becomes the candidate of a coalition of left-leaning parties. He has been campaigning on issues of poverty, inequality and corruption.

With more than 85 percent of the votes counted, Nasralla had 48.4 percent of the vote — he was a distant second to Alvaro Colom, the former mayor of Tegucigalpa, who won 34.2 percent. In third place is the right-wing Libre party’s Salvador Nasralla, who had 24.7 percent, while incumbent President Porfirio Lobo had 19.3 percent.

Nasralla pledges “Toto the pot plant” — helping struggling farmers and workers. He pledged that the financial state of the country would improve: “we will eliminate this $1,000 deficit and sell our natural resources. We will acquire $1 billion from the oil company and in an economy where all people can eat we will be able to pay for gasoline from U.S. Eximbank.”

Besides increasing the minimum wage, he also wants to regulate business and open up access to state lands to “the smallest landowner.”

Nasralla is in second place and is expected to avoid a run-off. If elected, he would be the first left-leaning president in the country since it became a republic in 1946.

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