Honduran elections portend bad changes

The Honduran elections on Sunday, according to the law, only have firm results when the electoral body officially declares it, but the victory of the leftist candidate Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, of the Freedom and Refoundation Party, is a fact when it has been awarded. 53% of the votes cast, and his opponent Nasry Asfura has 34%. The minutes received, already analyzed, add up to 52% of the total, an advantage that is impossible to achieve and there are still 30 days to challenge. Five million citizens could vote and 3.5 million participated, or 68%, which means absenteeism of 32%. Castro, like Sandra Torres in Guatemala, was also the wife of a president and is a heavy-handed politician in her criteria.

The victory of the president-elect shows the rejection of the ruling party and popularity, but this causes concern because her objectives leave no room for doubt. His 68-page government plan speaks of the “refounding of the homeland and the construction of a socialist and democratic state”, “establishing a democratic and open system, with popular power and resistance in the street”, changing the Constitution with an “original” constituent, “repeal the laws with which the dictatorship operates”, and have a “citizen, Central American, sovereign and solidarity” foreign policy. It says nothing about freedom of expression, nor about the acceptance of criticism by the press or other media.

The budding president wasted no time placing herself in the horde of 21st century socialism. “I reiterate that the spirit of Commander Chávez nests in the hearts of all of us who today are promoting this revolution in our country”, “Comrade Nicolás, you are not alone”, “We are supporting this fight and we are not going to disappoint you nor are we going to deceive ”,“ Chávez is a people ”,“ Until victory always. United We’ll overcome”. No one should be surprised by the hasty congratulations from Maduro, Ortega, Evo Morales and the Cuban Díaz-Canel. The promise to abide by the law was broken the night of the election, when he said “we won.” On Monday night, the first appointee to the Presidency, Salvador Nasralla, on CNN recognized Maduro, one of the financiers, as the democratically elected president of Venezuela.

By tradition, Guatemalans have not been interested in the electoral results of the rest of Central America, due to the tendency to look towards the north, not towards the south of the American continent, and also to the residues of thought of captain general, still existing, although waning. Historical similarities — military governments, tyrants, interrelated jealousies — have contributed to the detachment from neighboring elections. Bukele verified the error of acting like this and caused surprise as a result of ignorance. In Honduras, the 12 years of government of the National Party consolidated the common problems of the Isthmus in corruption, nepotism combined with drug trafficking activities, to the point of having been sentenced in the United States to life imprisonment the brother of President Juan Orlando Hernández, now in a similar risk.

Along with current political events in El Salvador and Guatemala, the increasingly underappreciated Northern Triangle, both in friendly countries and in the European Union, is becoming a hostile region for the United States in moments prior to the mid-term elections. period, with serious risk for the Democrats of losing their hegemony in Congress. We Guatemalans should be interested in the following US actions before the current narco-klepto government. Bukele won by punishment vote and Giammattei by rejection. In Honduras the case will be repeated and the public acceptance of the Honduran business sector to this ideological change allows us to think about a collaboration with the new government, as far as possible, but it will undoubtedly be difficult.


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