Honduras dodges another socialist bullet: Presidential vote recount declares Juan Orlando Hernandez the winner

Honduran presidential candidates Salvador Nasralla and Juan Orlando Hernandez

Freedom-loving Hondurans are somewhat breathing a sigh a relief today as it seems the country — for the moment, at least — has dodged another socialist bullet. A contentious recount of the recent presidential vote has finally been completed and Juan Orlando Hernandez has been declared the winner. This means Honduras has been spared from Salvador Nasralla, the far-left socialist candidate who looked to the misery and destruction of Venezuela as something to be admired.

After having survived and defeated a hostile communist takeover of the country by Mel Zelaya back in 2009, the last thing Hondurans need is another socialist president hellbent on destroying the country and abolishing freedom.

Elena Toledo has the report in PanAm Post:

Vote Recount in Honduras Hands Reelection to President Juan Orlando Hernández

In Honduras, President Juan Orlando Hernández has won reelection, defeating leftist candidate Salvador Nasralla 1,411,045 votes to 1,358,712.

The results come after nearly a week of controversy involving voting booth malfunctions and ballot inconsistencies that forced officials to count the votes by hand. The procedure, called “special scrutiny” in Honduras, came at the request of the Alliance Opposition party, and ultimately delayed the results by three days.

Outside observers from the Organization of American States and the European Union were called at the request of the Alliance Opposition party. President of the National Electoral Council David Matamoros Batson said representatives from the private sector, religious institutions, the trade association and civilians representing society at large could also observe the process. Representatives from the United Nation and the United States Embassy also observed the process.

At approximately 5:00 p.m. local time on Sunday December 3, the special scrutiny began, with the people of Honduras gave a collective sigh of relief through the hashtag #ConteoYa (#VotingInProgress) that the count would finally put an end to the uncertainty surrounding the presidency.

The recount came to an end at 5:15 a.m. local time on Monday December 4, giving the victory to President Hernández, who in turn has become the first person to ever be reelected in the history of Honduras.

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