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Honduras opposition demands full vote recount

From BBC - December 5, 2017

The opposition in Honduras has called for a full vote recount in presidential elections it says were manipulated to favour President Juan Orlando Hernndez.

The Electoral Tribunal had already agreed to an earlier opposition demand for a partial recount.

The opposition candidate, Salvador Nasralla, had been set for victory when the tally unaccountably stopped.

President Hernandez then went into the lead, sparking days of street protests.

The Honduran government is facing mounting pressure to accept further recounts after a police rebellion and criticism from international observer missions of voting irregularities.

Hundreds of members of the Honduran riot police force known as Cobras had refused to carry out orders to enforce a night-time curfew on Monday.

The curfew was imposed in the wake of a bitterly disputed presidential poll.

About 200 Cobras gathered at the police headquarters and announced they were no longer willing to confront protesters, arguing that it amounted to "taking sides" in the political battle between Mr Nasralla and President Hernndez.

"We are rebelling. We call on all the police nationally to act with their conscience," one masked officer told Reuters news agency.

Salvador Nasralla

Juan Orlando Hernndez

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