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Honduras: the election of the speaker of Parliament turns into a political crisis

2022-01-21T21:50:00.642Z

The election Friday of the speaker of Parliament in Honduras turned into a political crisis after the secession of 20 members of the LIBRE party of...



Friday's election for the speaker of parliament in Honduras turned into a political crisis after 20 members of the FREE party of president-elect Xiomara Castro seceded a week before taking office.

The invectives began at the opening of the session, when the 20 deputies of the Freedom and Refoundation party (LIBRE, left) proposed one of them, Jorge Calix, for the post of President of Parliament, in violation of an agreement made with another left-wing party.

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To cries of

“traitors”

and

“Xiomara”

, seven deputies loyal to the president-elect rushed on Jorge Calix and forced him to flee from the perch as he took his oath. According to Interior Minister Leonel Ayala, who belongs to the National Party (right), whose candidate was defeated in the presidential election by Xiomara Castro, the candidacy of Jorge Calix was supported by "83" deputies. The President of Parliament must collect the votes of 65 deputies out of 128. With Jorge Calix on the perch, the National Party, defeated at the polls,

"succeeded in maneuvering and obtaining control of Parliament"

, underlined to AFP Eugenio Sosa, professor of sociology at the National University.

The leader of the LIBRE party, Gilberto Rios, told AFP that behind the 20 deputies acted

"organized crime, financial power, drug trafficking and all those who plunder state resources".

Xiomara Castro, the first woman elected to head Honduras, held a meeting Thursday evening with the deputies of her party to ask them to support the deputy Luis Redondo for the presidency of Parliament. But twenty deputies out of 50 had boycotted the meeting.

“The absence of the twenty deputies is the omen of a counter-revolutionary betrayal towards the party and the Honduran people (....) and a betrayal towards the political project of rebuilding the homeland, by attempting (... ) to impose a plan of the corrupt elite led by (ex-president) Juan Orlando Hernandez”

, had denounced the president.

Xiomara Castro, who will take office on January 27, won the elections on a program of social transformations in a country plagued by poverty, corruption and drug trafficking that has infiltrated state structures.

She was notably elected thanks to the alliance between LIBRE, led by Manuel Zelaya - her husband and former president ousted in 2009 - and the Savior Party of Honduras (PSH), led by Salvador Nasralla.

The agreement with the PSH provided that if the coalition won, Mr. Nasralla would be elected vice-president of parliament and could propose the name of the president.

The election of the Speaker of Parliament has yet to be definitively confirmed on January 23, two days before the official opening of the parliamentary session.

Source: lefigaro

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