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article imageHonduras election may see Zelaya's wife elected president

By Ken Hanly     Nov 23, 2013 in Politics
Tegucigalpa - Just four years after a military coup ousted then president Manuel Zelaya from power by taking him from his bed at gunpoint and taking him out of the country, his wife may return as president and Zelaya will then be first husband.
Latest polls show 54-year-old Xiomara Castro with a slight lead against the ruling party who were involved in the coup against her husband. However, her lead is marginal with the race a statistical tie.
Castro is running for the Liberty and Refoundation Party, that was founded by her husband Manuel Zelaya. It is a coalition of leftist politicians unions and indigenous groups. A key issue is the country's crime rate and the influence of Mexican drug cartels as well as youth violence. Every day an average of 20 people are murdered in a country of just 8.5 million giving it a murder rate of 85 for every 100,000 people in 2012.
Castro said: "If we manage to stop drugs coming into our country, it will be much easier to ensure internal security for the people, The military has been in the streets for a long time supposedly combating the violence and it has failed". She wants to use the military to guard the border to prevent drug cartel members from entering the country. Castro claims that the rule of traditional parties has stifled development as well as giving Honduras the world's highest murder rate: "They couldn't achieve the development of Honduras, or organize the state, On the contrary, they turned the country into a sanctuary for paramilitaries and drug traffickers."
If elected Castro says she will seek funding from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help solve a mounting debt crisis. Her vice-presidential candidate Juliette Handal said: “We’re going to seek an accord with the International Monetary Fund based on reality; it’s necessary, we’re very clear about this,”
A description of the gang problem in Honduras can be found here.The National Party candidate for president, Juan Orlando blames the actions of the previous government of ousted president Zelaya for all the country's problems.. The election is to take place November 24.
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