In the presidential election in Honduras, a leading candidate from the opposition

© AFP 2017 / RODRIGO ARANGUAСторонники the current President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernandez. 26 Nov 2017In the presidential election in Honduras, a leading candidate from the opposition© AFP 2017 / RODRIGO ARANGUA

The candidate of the opposition Alliance Salvador Nasrallah, the leader in the presidential elections in Honduras, according to preliminary data of the Supreme electoral court (TSE).

«The results at the moment: Salvador Nasrallah – 855 847 (votes —ed.) — 45,17%… Juan Orlando Hernandez – 761 872, 40,221%,» — said on the website of the TSE.

Previously the acting President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernandez called himself a past winner of the Sunday presidential elections, without waiting for the announcement of the results of the elected authorities.

The first mandate Hernandez ends in January 2018. Earlier, the President agreed to become a candidate in the General election of the National party, despite the Express prohibition of the Constitution, nominated one person for the second time in a row. Then he explained that he had agreed to his supporters to stand for only one additional term.

The current Constitution forbids the same person under any pretext to run for the presidency of Honduras two times. However, in 2015, the Supreme court issued the decision, giving the opportunity, but in the basic law, the wording remained the same. The President’s decision caused the discontent of the opposition, reminded about the fate of one of the forerunners of Hernandez, Manuel Zelaya.

In June 2009, President Manuel Zelaya was overthrown in a coup. Before that, he dismissed senior military leadership, which refused to provide for a referendum giving him the right to be elected for a second term. Zelaya was arrested and exiled to Costa Rica and accused of corruption and violating the Constitution. Later, the ex-President returned to Honduras.