BY ISABELLA COTA & ERIC SABO
Hondurans will choose between competing strategies for lowering the world’s highest murder rate this weekend in presidential elections that include the wife of Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a 2009 coup.
The final opinion poll last month showed a statistical tie between Juan Orlando Hernandez, 45, of the ruling National Party and the Libre Party’s Xiomara Castro, 54, who rose to prominence by leading protests after her husband was forced out of the presidential palace at gunpoint. Hernandez had 28 percent support and Castro 27 percent in an Oct. 9-15 survey by CID-Gallup. The margin of error was 2.5 percentage points.
Violence in the Central American country of 8.3 million people has escalated in the coup’s wake as gangs tied to Mexican drug cartels use Honduras as a transit point between South America and the U.S. Hernandez backs President Porfirio Lobo’s strategy of deploying military police to curb ... Read More