President of Cuba congratulates Xiomara Castro after elections in Honduras

Havana, Nov 29 - The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, today congratulated the candidate Xiomara Castro, representative of the Libertad y Refundación (Libre) party, who leads the vote counting of the elections this Sunday in Honduras.

“It took 12 years of the coup against Manuel Zelaya, so that the Honduran people could achieve a resounding victory this Sunday at the polls. Congratulations to the president-elect, Xiomara Castro. Latin America and the Caribbean also celebrate with #Honduras,” the president wrote on his Twitter account.

According to the National Electoral Council (CNE) of that country, at the close of the day yesterday the candidate for the opposition alliance accumulated 554 thousand votes, which represents 53.61 percent of the total.

With that figure, Castro surpasses by 205 thousand votes to the second place in these elections, the candidate of the ruling National party, Nasry Asfura, with around 350 thousand ballots in his favor, 33.95 percent.

The third place corresponded to the candidate for the Liberal current, Yani Rosenthal, with just over 95 thousand votes, just nine percent.

In reference to the challenges of the next government, the lawyer Doris Gutiérrez, a deputy for the Innovation and Unity Party, one of the member organizations of the opposition alliance, told Prensa Latina that they met one of the proposed goals: to defeat the political force in government, "the only way to defeat them was through unity."

Regarding the establishment of ties with countries in the region if Castro was the winner, he acknowledged that Honduras has the freedom to establish diplomatic and economic relations.

"Xiomara and Libre already have their government plan, with the maintenance of harmonious ties," he declared. (PL)


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