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Honduras election tribunal says to hold partial re-count in presidential vote

Honduras election tribunal says to hold partial re-count in presidential vote
From Reuters - December 7, 2017

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduras election tribunal will re-count 4,753 ballot boxes that have cast a shadow on the results of the countrys presidential election, the tribunal chief said on Thursday, bowing to a demand by the Organization of American States (OAS).

Nearly two weeks since Honduras Nov. 26 presidential election, the result remains unknown, with allegations of electoral fraud sparking protests and a chorus of international concern over events in the poor Central American nation.

Official results showed Honduras conservative President Juan Orlando Hernandez with a narrow 1.6 percentage point lead over center-left opposition leader Salvador Nasralla. However, no victor has yet been declared by the election tribunal.

The tribunal declared Nasralla the leader in an announcement on the morning after the vote, with just over half of the ballot boxes counted. However, it gave no further updates for about 36 hours. Once results then started flowing again, Nasrallas lead quickly started narrowing.

On Thursday, after meeting with the United States top diplomat in Honduras and the OAS country representative, tribunal chief David Matamoros said there would be a re-count of ballot boxes that arrived after the 36-hour pause, and which the opposition has claimed are tainted.

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